3 years in jail given for drug plea

PITTSFIELD — A city man who attempted to flush drug evidence down a toilet during an August 2016 drug raid was sentenced to three years in jail Wednesday after pleading guilty to his charges.

Dante J. Spratling, 32, admitted to charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a Class C substance (psilocybin mushrooms).

He was sentenced to 21/2 years in jail on the cocaine charge and given a six-month sentence on the Class C charge, which will be served after the conclusion of the first sentence.

Spratling had been the target of an investigation by the Pittsfield Police Drug Unit, which believed he was using his Daniels Avenue apartment as a base of operations for drug dealing.

Police executed a search warrant about 8:40 a.m Aug. 9, and they found Spratling in bed and took him into custody. He declined to speak with police, according to the criminal complaint in the case.

After being given permission to use the bathroom, police saw Spratling try to flush a bag down the toilet.

That bag contained eight smaller bags of cocaine, weighing about 6 grams.

During a search of the apartment, police found evidence, including two bags containing psilocybin mushrooms, a scale, dealer paraphernalia and four cellphones.

One of the cellphones had a number that was used to arrange undercover purchases of drugs, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano.

Spratling will serve his sentences at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction.

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


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