Two arrested after pre-dawn Pittsfield drug raid

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PITTSFIELD — Two city residents are facing distribution and conspiracy charges after a pre-dawn raid at their home netted about $1,500 worth of cash and drugs.

Randall Curmon, 34, and Sharonica Barber, 27, are accused of using their Columbus Avenue apartment as a base of operations for heroin and cocaine distribution.

They were the only people home when police served the no-knock search warrant about 5:30 a.m. Thursday, according to court documents.

While police entered the apartment, other officers stationed outside the building saw a second-floor window screen pushed out, followed by a bag.

The bag contained 11 bags of crack and another six bags of heroin, apparently packaged for sale, police said. Six more bags of heroin were found inside the apartment.

Barber said she was asleep when police entered the apartment and had no idea how the drugs got outside.

Curmon told police the recovered narcotics weren't his, because he had already sold all of his drugs, according to court records. He told police he sleeps in a different room than the one from which the bag was allegedly thrown, despite all of his clothes and belongings being in the other bedroom.

Police said they also called two of the cellphones that were part of the warrant and two phones inside the apartment rang.

Those phones allegedly contained coded text messages for cocaine and heroin orders.

One message contains a reference to "20 of food," which police allege is a reference to $20 worth of heroin and other messages alerting the sender that there is only "hard," available, which police said is a reference to crack cocaine, rather than powdered.

Police said they also found three EBT cards, which did not belong to any listed residents. Police said EBT cards are often traded for a portion of drugs equal to about half the value remaining on the card.

Other dealer paraphernalia, including a digital scale with residue and measuring cups, also were seized, police said.

They pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday to charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute (subsequent offense), possession of heroin with intent to distribute (subsequent offense) and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Judge Michael Ripps revoked Curmon's bail for 60 days on an open case, and set $2,500 bail on his new charges. Barber's bail was set at $1,000.

Both are due back in court on April 5 for pretrial hearings.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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