18 months for man who had heroin, ammo stashed in stuffed animals

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PITTSFIELD — A city man who had heroin and ammunition hidden inside stuffed animals in his home has been sentenced to 18 months in jail.

Devon R. Fitts, aka Devon E. Fitts and Sean Ward, 35, was arrested March 17, 2016, after the Berkshire County Drug Task Force raided his Montgomery Avenue home, which police believe Fitts was using as a base of operation for cocaine distribution.

The search recovered over $5,000 in cash, about $200 worth of heroin, $800 worth of crack cocaine, scales and other dealer paraphernalia, 13 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition and 18 rounds of .357 ammunition.

Eighteen bags of heroin and the .357 ammunition were found secreted inside stuffed animals in the attic.

He pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday to one count each of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card.

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Judge John Agostini imposed the sentence based on an agreement between Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Gregory Barry and Fitts' attorney Leonard Cohen.

Agostini agreed to stay the imposition of Fitt's sentence to Friday at Cohen's request to allow him to tend to family matters.

He will serve his sentence at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction, and will receive credit for any time already served in custody.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department, the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, state troopers assigned to the District Attorney's Office and members of the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force.

Reach Bob Dunn at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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