Update: Search warrant at Pittsfield home yields drugs, three arrests


PITTSFIELD - Three Pittsfield residents are being held on drug charges after the Berkshire County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 219 Wahconah St. and allegedly uncovered 42 bags of crack cocaine.

Maurice Lee, 26, Samantha Perkins, 23, and Kaitlyn Cleveland, 27, all were arrested shortly after 6 a.m. on drug conspiracy charges, according to police.

Lee and Perkins were charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. The cocaine had an estimated value of $2,100. Police also allegedly uncovered a digital scale and $2,238 in cash in the bedroom of Lee and Perkins.

Cleveland was charged with possession of heroin and cocaine for residue found in pipes and a plastic bag at her residence.

On Wednesday afternoon, Cleveland appeared in front of Judge Paul Vrabel, who sentenced her to five days in jail for violating probation as a result of the new charges, on the advice of the Berkshire County probation department. Cleveland was on probation for allegedly violating an order to stay away from her grandparent's home.

Cleveland's bail on the new charges was set at $250 by Vrabel, which she can post after the five days are served. Perkins was ordered held on $500 bail by Vrabel in Central Berkshire District Court.

Lee was ordered held on $2,500 bail. Berkshire Assistant District Attorney Mike D'Angelo had requested $5,000 bail, while Lee's attorney, Joe Vosit, had requested he be released on his own personal recognizance.

Lee had past criminal contempt convictions against him in New York, D'Angelo said. D'Angelo said the bail amount was based on the amount of drugs and money uncovered at the apartment. Vosit said the past charges were related to domestic incidents and not drug-related.

All three are due back in court on April 3. To reach Nathan Mayberg: nmayberg@berkshireeagle.com or (413) 496-6243

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