Stockbridge man facing drug, weapon charges after Pittsfield bust

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PITTSFIELD — A Stockbridge man is facing charges after being arrested in the city Monday with more than 40 bags of heroin and a loaded handgun.

William Lacey, 26, was approached by plainclothes officers about 7 p.m. in the area of Center and Bradford streets, Pittsfield Police said in a statement.

During the encounter, members of the anti-crime unit developed probable cause that Lacey had drugs on him, police said.

Officers conducted a search and discovered 42 bags of heroin and a crack pipe, the statement said. After Lacey's arrest, police also found a 9mm handgun with a loaded magazine in a backpack he was carrying.

Lacey pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to possession of a Class A drug (heroin); possession of a Class E drug (Suboxone); possession of a firearm without a firearms ID card; and possession of ammunition without a firearms ID card.
He was released on $500 bail and ordered to return to court Oct. 24.

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