Flushing cocaine down toilet gets New York man up to 3 years in prison

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PITTSFIELD — A New York man who allegedly tried to flush more than $6,000 of cocaine down the toilet has been sentenced to up to three years in state prison.

Tareem Jackson, 27, of Troy, was arrested March 17, 2014, when police armed with a search warrant raided a Liberty Street home after confidential informants had made undercover purchases of cocaine from there, according to police reports.

Jackson was found in a bathroom in the house, where police suspected the toilet had recently been flushed. The city plumbing inspector was called to the home to help search the sewage pipes and found a bag containing 132 bags of crack cocaine, valued at about $6,600, according to prosecutors.

As part of an agreement with the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, Jackson pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Friday to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws. A charge of cocaine trafficking was dropped as part of the agreement.

Judge John Agostini sentenced him to 2 1/2 to 3 years in prison.

Jackson will serve his sentence at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction and was given credit for 361 days of time already served.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.

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