2 Adams residents face drug, weapons charges
Brandon Milette, 38, and Samantha Bernier, 30, were arrested Thursday as part of an operation by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force.
The drug task force had built its investigation into the two based on one confidential informant, two controlled purchases of drugs and surveillance of the couple's Bellevue Avenue residence, according to the probable cause report filed by North Adams Police Officer Joshua Zustra.
Police set up surveillance and watched as Bernier left the home and drove away, pulling her over for a broken taillight on Prospect Street, less than 200 yards from the home.
Noting that Bernier did not have an active license, officers told her that Milette could come pick up the vehicle.
As Milette left the home to pick up the vehicle, officers detained him, too. This "ruse" was set up to separate Milette from the firearm police believed to be inside the home before they confronted him.
Police executed the search warrant on the house and found 15.2 grams of crack cocaine in their bedroom, including the packaging, according to the report. They found an additional 0.6 grams of crack cocaine on Bernier.
The street value of the crack is estimated to be $1,580.
Officers also recovered a combined total of $989 in cash on Bernier and in a safe in the bedroom.
On the bed, police found unused sandwich bags they believe were used to package crack cocaine.
In searching the vehicle that had been driven by Bernier, officers found a loaded handgun under the driver's seat. A loaded shotgun was located on the couple's bed.
Bernier and Milette each was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday and held on $1,000 bail.
Milette pleaded not guilty to single counts of possession to distribute a class B drug, possession of a firearm during a felony, improper storage of a firearm and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
Bernier pleaded not guilty to single counts of possession to distribute a class B drug, possession of a firearm during a felony, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without an FID card and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
They are next scheduled to appear Aug. 20 for a pretrial hearing.
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