Man gets 6 months for dealing heroin

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PITTSFIELD —A city man arrested in 2017 as part of a heroin distribution investigation was sentenced to six months in jail Wednesday after admitting to drug charges.

Jacob Frusciente, 27, became a target of a Berkshire County Drug Task Force investigation into heroin distribution in the Pittsfield area.

As a result of the investigation, which included controlled purchases of drugs from Frusciente, police were granted a search warrant, which allowed them to search his home and vehicle.

That warrant was executed on March 10, 2017.

About 30 grams of heroin were recovered along with about $1,000 cash, $130 of which was made up of marked bills used by investigators in the controlled purchases.

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Dealer paraphernalia, including baggies and a digital scale, also were seized during the search, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Jedd L. Hall.

Hall asked Judge Mark Mason to consider a sentence of two years in jail on the charge of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute to which Frusciente pleaded.

Frusciente's attorney, Joseph Smith, asked Mason to consider continuing his client's case without a finding for one year.

Instead, Mason sentenced Frusciente to six months in the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction. He was given credit for 79 days of time already served in custody.

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


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