Man facing drug, weapons charges held on $5K bail

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PITTSFIELD — A city man who was on the run for months after being accused of dealing cocaine and heroin from his room in a sober house was ordered held on $5,000 bail following a dangerousness hearing Thursday.

A search of James J. Janusz's room in March found drugs and a pair of handguns worth tens of thousands of dollars, according to police.

Janusz, 37, had come to the attention of police in January, when they were provided with information that he was selling both heroin and cocaine in the city. On March 26, Pittsfield Police were dispatched to the sober house for a report that staff had found drugs and a gun during a room search.

According to a police report, allowing staff members to search rooms for contraband is among the conditions in a contract each resident must sign and abide by. Janusz signed such a contract, according to police.

According to police, staff had received information that morning, alleging that Janusz was selling drugs from his room. The staff's search of the room recovered a key that unlocked a toolbox. Inside was about 112 grams of cocaine and about 2,000 bags of heroin containing an approximate total of 30 grams, which was worth anywhere between $16,000 and $20,000, depending on how it was sold.

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The toolbox also contained two handguns, ammunition and over $7,400 in cash.

A warrant was issued for Janusz's arrest and, according to court documents, he fled Berkshire County before being arrested Oct. 9 by state police in Agawam.

Janusz was arraigned in Central Berkshire Superior Court on Oct. 10 and entered not guilty pleas to charges of trafficking over 100 grams of cocaine, trafficking over 18 grams of heroin and possessing firearms and ammunition without a license.

He is due back in court on Nov. 13 for a pretrial hearing.

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


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