Pittsfield man off to prison for drugs, weapons possession

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PITTSFIELD — A city man was sentenced to up to three years in prison after admitting Thursday to possession of drugs, ammo and weapons including a sawed-off shotgun.

Fabien Hernandez, 36, pleaded guilty to six charges in Berkshire Superior Court stemming from an April 28, 2017, raid of the Linden Street apartment building in which he was living.

A firearms investigation conducted by the Pittsfield Police Department's anti-crime task force led to the issuance of a search warrant for the building. Police had developed evidence that firearms were being stored there.

A search of the house recovered the sawed-off shotgun and a .45-caliber handgun stored in a duffle bag in the attic. Suboxone was found in Hernandez's bedroom during the search.

Hernandez took responsibility for the weapons in the attic but denied having any connection to other weapons found in the building.

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Jeremy Paul was arrested during the same raid and pleaded guilty in December 2017 to weapons, ammunition and improper storage charges. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

There were four different people living in four separate rooms of the apartment, which Hernandez's attorney, Jill Sheldon, described as a "flop-house."

"[Hernandez] put himself in a bad situation," Sheldon said.

In all, Hernandez pleaded guilty before Judge Daniel Ford to two counts of improper storage of a firearm and one count each of possession of a sawed-off shotgun, illegal ownership of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card and possession of Suboxone.

Hernandez will serve his sentence at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. He was given credit for 516 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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