Year in jail for North Adams crack dealer


PITTSFIELD -- A North Adams woman who admitted selling crack for a drug ring of New York men is serving a year in jail.

Catherine E. Brackett, 23, sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant last year for a group of 30 to 40 drug dealers from New York City.

The mostly male dealers would "make a circuit" between North Adams and New York, selling drugs in the Berkshires and "reupping" their supply in New York City, according to Assistant Berkshire Attorney Rachael Eramo.

The prosecutor said Brackett, besides dealing crack for them, would help the men find places to stay while in the area, sometimes booking them hotel rooms. The defendant would switch out cellphones for them, drive them back and forth from North Adams to New York City and let them know when police activity seemed to be intensifying in certain areas.

The incidents occurred in North Adams between Jan. 1 and Nov. 26 of last year, said police.

Brackett, appearing with attorney Raymond J. Jacoub, pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Monday to a single count of cocaine distribution and two counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

She also pleaded guilty to assault and battery on a police officer. Eramo said that charge stemmed from the defendant's arrest when she became angry and spit on one of the arresting officers.

Judge John A. Agostini sentenced Brackett to a total of 21 2 years at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction with one year to be served and the rest of the time suspended for a year. During that year she will be on probation with conditions that include remaining drug and alcohol free with random testing. The sentence was in line with a joint recommendation between Eramo and Jacoub.

Brackett was given credit for 51 days she was confined before making bail.

The investigation was conducted by members of the North Adams Police Department and state police detectives assigned to the District Attorney's office.

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