Drug, weapons charges bring two-year jail term for North Adams man
PITTSFIELD — A North Adams man caught up in a 2018 narcotics investigation was sentenced to two years in jail Thursday, after admitting to drug and weapons charges.
Angel Vasquez, 35, pleaded guilty before Judge Michael Callan in Berkshire Superior Court to four charges connected to the March 2, 2018, raid of his home by members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force.
The subsequent search recovered over $16,000 in cash, evidence of cocaine packaging and distribution, a .357 revolver and dozens of rounds of ammunition, according to court files.
Vasquez pleaded guilty to one count each of manufacturing cocaine, conspiracy, illegal ownership of a firearm and possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Kyle Christensen asked Callan to consider a two-and-a-half year jail sentence to be followed by two years of probation, during which time Vasquez would be required to remain drug-free and submit to random screenings.
Vasquez's attorney, Glenn Keiderling asked Callan to also consider a two-and-a-half year jail sentence, with credit for the 361 days of time he already had served and the remaining sentence suspended for one year, during which time Vasquez would be on probation.
Keiderling noted that Vasquez had no Massachusetts record and that a guilty plea to a Connecticut case took place about 14 years ago. He also informed the court that there had been no issues with his client since he posted bail.
After hearing from both attorneys, Callan imposed a sentence of two years to the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction, followed by one year of probation.
Vasquez still will receive credit for the time already served.
Callan allowed a motion to have the imposition of Vasquez's sentence stayed for one week.
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