Adams man charged with dealing heroin

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NORTH ADAMS — An Adams man is accused of selling narcotics from an apartment on Union Street in North Adams, where police said they found him in possession of more than 19 grams of heroin during a raid on Sunday.

The arrest of Christopher Gaynor, 37, was the culmination of a three-month investigation conducted by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force.

After conducting surveillance on the Union Street apartment, police obtained a search warrant on Sunday. Inside, they found Gaynor, resident Bobbie-Jo Perras, and Grant Amos Jr., who said he was only visiting.

Altogether, officers recovered 556 bags of heroin inside a plastic bag located in the bathroom drop ceiling, about 5.4 grams of additional loose heroin in the same plastic bag, and seven more bags of heroin in Perras' pocket, according to the criminal complaint filed by North Adams Police Detective Joshua Zustra.

If sold on the street, police estimate the heroin would have brought in between $5,432 and $7,760.

Officers also located a plastic bag containing 8.4 grams of cocaine in the same bathroom ceiling that contained the heroin.

Gaynor was found to be in possession of $2,503 in cash, some of which was marked by the task force and used in controlled purchases of narcotics. He was held on $2,000 cash bail following his arraignment in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday.

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Perras and Amos were arrested at the scene, but they have not yet been arraigned and their status was not immediately clear on Monday.

In response to questions from police, Gaynor said that he was a caregiver for Perras. She confirmed this, but also told police that she received drugs in exchange for offering Gaynor a place to stay and sell drugs in North Adams.

Gaynor, of Upton Street, pleaded not guilty to single counts of trafficking in heroin between 18 and 36 grams, Class B drug possession to distribute, subsequent offense, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

He has previously been convicted of at least four drug-related offenses.

Judge Paul Vrabel set Gaynor's bail at $2,000 cash, as agreed to by the defendant and Berkshire District Attorney's Office. Gaynor is next scheduled to appear on April 10 for a pretrial hearing.

The police report indicates that Perras will be charged at least with trafficking in heroin between 18 and 36 grams and Class B drug possession to distribute. It does not state what charges Amos is expected to face, but does note that he has two previous convictions for drug-related offenses in Northern Berkshire District Court.

Adam Shanks can be reached at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, at @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter, or 413-629-4517.


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