Cocaine possession gets Dalton man 2 years of probation

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PITTSFIELD — A Dalton man who was caught with cocaine in his pocket while driving two men to buy drugs has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Andrew Harding, 32, pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Friday to a possession charge.

Harding's co-defendants in the case, Reynaldo Camacho Jr. and Julianna Saez, were targets of an investigation by the Berkshire Drug Task Force in the summer of 2017.

After receiving a tip the men were driving to Hampden County to buy drugs, police kept tabs on the vehicle and pulled it over when it returned to Berkshire County.

Harding, who was driving, was carrying a bag of cocaine in his left pocket at the time.

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His attorney, Joshua Hochberg, said Harding developed an addiction after being prescribed painkillers and was giving Camacho and Saez a ride in exchange for drugs.

Judge Mark Mason sentenced Harding to probation for two years, during which time he must remain drug-free, submit to random screenings and continue counseling.

The sentence was the result of an agreed-upon recommendation from Hochberg and Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Magali Montes.

The cases against Camacho and Saez on multiple drug and weapons charges remain open.

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


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