Up to 8 years in prison for high-level Berkshire drug dealer
PITTSFIELD >> A Springfield man was sentenced to up to eight years in prison for his role in the drug pipeline between Hampden and Berkshire counties.
Daniel L. Grimes, 28, came to investigators' attention after his arrest in May 2014 on charges related to a drug deal in Pittsfield.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard Locke said as the investigation into drug traffic between the counties continued, a warrant for a wiretap on Grimes' phone was applied for and granted.
Surveillance of that phone revealed a complex arrangement between Grimes and other dealers in which drugs were purchased and sold from one to the other, eventually winding up for sale at the street level in Berkshire County.
Locke said the wiretap showed about 9,000 calls made on the recorded line with several hundred of those made between Grimes and other alleged dealers involved in the case.
In March 2015, police raided Grimes' Pittsfield hotel room in which he was manufacturing crack cocaine and distributing heroin.
He was found with about 22 grams of cocaine, and two grams of heroin, with an estimated combined street value of $3,200.
Grimes also was carrying a little over $6,300 in cash and police found glassware, baking soda and other items involved in the manufacture of crack cocaine in his room.
At least three other alleged Springfield drug dealers, Rahsaan Bryant, Terrence Gibbons and Terance Harris, were also implicated in the same investigation. Their cases are still pending in Berkshire Superior Court.
Grimes pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute (second offense), possession of cocaine with intent to distribute (second offense), trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.
Judge John Agostini sentenced Grimes to six to eight years in prison, which he will serve at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.
The investigations were conducted by members of the Pittsfield, North Adams and Dalton Police Departments and state troopers assigned to the District Attorney's Office, members of the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force, the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration.