Up to 4 years for Pittsfield man on drug, firearm charges
PITTSFIELD — A city man was sentenced to up to four years in state prison after pleading guilty on Thursday to drug and firearm charges.
Deng Vilayvanh, 26, was among three men arrested last July during a raid at a home on Dewey Avenue.
Vilayvanh was found in a downstairs bedroom allegedly rife with dealer paraphernalia, including two digital scales covered in white powder residue, and a table on which it appeared cocaine was packaged for scale, according to court documents.
Police also found a loaded pistol with the serial number scratched out. Vilayvanh was not licensed to carry a firearm.
During the raid, bystanders reported hearing the sounds of a power saw and hammering — operated by law enforcement officers — from within the house.
Police turned up more than 60 grams of cocaine, most of which was in a safe in the bedroom of another resident, Eric Moore, who lived at the home with his girlfriend and their infant child.
Moore, who has a lengthy criminal history, was charged with multiple drug and firearm charges.
A third man, Darian N. Chambers, was charged with possession of a stun gun.
The status of the cases against Moore and Chambers was unclear.
Vilayvanh pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Thursday to conspiracy to violate drug laws, to wit: trafficking in cocaine; possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; illegal ownership of a firearm; possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number; possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card; improper storage of a firearm; and possession of cocaine.
One count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony was dismissed at the request of the commonwealth.
Judge John Agostini ordered that he serve three to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.
The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield, Dalton and Adams Police Departments, the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office and state troopers assigned to the District Attorney's Office, members of the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force.