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Three men were arrested Thursday, after authorities busted a "base of operations" for a heroin- and cocaine-distribution operation on First Street in Pittsfield, along with its alleged Orchard Street "stash house."

PITTSFIELD — A man who was in a medically induced coma last week after swallowing a bag of cocaine is listed in critical condition by hospital officials as of Monday afternoon.

Donald Jennings, 31, of New York City, was taken to Berkshire Medical Center after a brief foot chase with police Thursday amid a larger drug sweep. At the hospital, Jennings spit out a “large baggie” containing about 36 grams of cocaine after police say he swallowed “his supply.” Sources said he remained in a medically induced coma as of Friday.

Police had busted what they called a “base of operations” for drug sales on First and Orchard streets in Pittsfield.

Mark J. Jessamy, 30, of 53½ Orchard St., Apt. 1, Pittsfield, was the target of the drug investigation, according to police statements contained in court records. Police arrested Jessamy first, at the Alltown convenience store at Tyler and First streets.

The police report said Jessamy had 294 glassine bags, each of which contained heroin, and more than 32 grams of what police believed to be cocaine.

Minutes later, police with warrants moved to search Apartment 1 at 241 First St., and two men fled from the front door: Jennings and Michael Williams, 28, of 28 Robbins Ave., Pittsfield, according to police.

Police chased Williams to Lincoln Street, and police allege that they caught him with nearly 19 grams of cocaine.

Officers caught Jennings as he tried to hop a fence on Orchard Street. Police saw white powder on Jennings’ lips and heard him chewing, but he refused to spit out what he was chewing, according to their report. Police suspected that he had tried to eat illicit drugs and called for an ambulance.

Jennings had three cellphones, $1,541 in cash and a set of keys on him at the time, police said. Jennings faces a cocaine trafficking charge. His arraignment is pending in Central Berkshire District Court.

In court documents, investigators called Jessamy’s Orchard Street apartment a “stash house” for narcotics sales. Officers with a warrant to search the apartment found a gun tucked in a couch and cash in a bedroom.

At the apartment on First Street, police listed having found sandwich bags, digital scales and a bag of “powder substance.”

On Friday, Jessamy pleaded not guilty to charges of trafficking between 18 and 36 grams of cocaine, possession of a Class A drug with intent to distribute, firearm and ammunition possession without an FID card, improper firearm storage and possessing a firearm while committing a felony.

Williams pleaded not guilty to a charge of cocaine possession with intent to distribute.

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office did not request cash bail. Williams was released on personal recognizance and is due back in court Nov. 16.

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office also did not request cash bail for Jessamy, the target of the investigation. So, Judge Jennifer Tyne ordered him held on $25,000 cash bail.

As the basis for ordering bail absent a request from the District Attorney’s Office, Tyne cited Jessamy’s ties to family in the Bronx, his financial resources, the nature of the offenses and the potential penalties they carry.

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.