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Three arrested in Pittsfield following Summer Street drug bust

PITTSFIELD — After neighbors complained about drug dealing at an apartment at 172 Summer St., police seized cocaine and heroin from the unit and arrested three people. 

Members of the Pittsfield Police Department, starting 9 a.m. Thursday, watched about 10 people ring a doorbell at the address, enter and then each leave just minutes later. 

To investigators, it was apparent the visitors didn't live at 172 Summer St. None of them used a key, Officer John Virgilio said in an investigatory report, and some were seen during surveillance efforts stopping by more than once. 

A few hours later, just after noon, law enforcement had a search warrant in hand. Virgilio said investigators got a key from maintenance for the shared entryway to the multiunit building, then knocked on the door to Apartment 1. 

"Who is it?" said someone inside the unit, before opening the door, according to the report. 

A man, who was not charged in the bust, opened the door and tried unsuccessfully to shut it. Over a dozen officers with PDD's Anti-Crime Unit, Drug Unit and Detective Bureau made their way inside and began their search.  

Police handcuffed 32-year-old Demetries Anderson. Virgilio said that on a chair in front of Anderson sat a "large amount" of crack cocaine and heroin.

A resident of the apartment, 52-year-old Frank Rinaldi, was in his bedroom with three other people, and was taken into custody.

Investigators had information that a third suspect, Lameek "Showtime" Thomas, recently had heroin on him that he was offering for sale, according to the report. 

Thomas had left the apartment just before authorities executed their warrant, the report states. But, minutes before the search, officers found him riding in a Hyundai Elantra that police stopped at Center Street and Columbus Avenue.

He had about $330 cash on him and a cellphone, according to court documents. Authorities also seized about $1,380 in cash from Anderson.

In the Summer Street apartment, investigators found five more cellphones, along with 68 grams of crack cocaine, a "work station" for packaging the substance and materials to cook it, a few scales and 200 baggies of heroin with a street value of about $1,200.

Police charged all three men with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and trafficking 36 to 100 grams of cocaine, according to court records. 

Rinaldi was ordered held without bail for 120 days following a dangerousness hearing in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday. Anderson's bail was set at $20,000. 

Thomas is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing, and is due back in court on Thursday. 

Amanda Burke can be reached at aburke@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6296.

Cops and Courts Reporter

Amanda Burke is Cops and Courts Reporter for The Berkshire Eagle. An Ithaca, New York native, she previously worked at The Herald News of Fall River and the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise.

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