Up to 4 years in prison for man nabbed in Pittsfield drug bust


PITTSFIELD >> The second of two Springfield men charged in a September 2014 drug bust has been sentenced to up to four years in state prison.

Robert L. Ester, 28, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at an adjacent pair of Columbus Avenue apartments, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Gregory Barry.

Once inside, police found more than 300 bags of heroin and 50 grams of crack cocaine, along with digital scales, dealer paraphernalia, multiple cellphones and a large amount of cash.

The estimated street value of the cocaine was $5,000 and the heroin was valued at about $3,000.

Some items were recovered in an occupied apartment; others were found in a vacant apartment next door, Barry said.

Judge John Agostini imposed the three- to four-year sentence with credit for 197 days already served.

Ester will serve his sentence at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.

His co-defendant in the case, James Dominguez, 30, pleaded guilty to the same charges on Dec, 2, 2015, and was sentenced to 261 days of time already served.

Dominguez was the victim of a homicide on Jan. 23. The investigation into his death is open and ongoing.

A third man was arrested and charged as a result of the raid, but his charges were dismissed in May 2015.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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