Weapons, drugs denial


Douglas T. Smith, 31, of King Street, pleaded not guilty to single counts of possession and intent to distribute cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana. He also pleaded not guilty to numerous firearms charges, including being an armed career felon.

That charge was brought against Smith, officials said, because his criminal record includes prior violent crimes.

Judge John A. Agostini ordered him to be held at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction in lieu of $10,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

All of the charges stem from a Berkshire County Drug Task Force investigation capped by a Nov. 7 search of Smith's home.

A tense situation erupted outside the Berkshire County Courthouse last month as two Pittsfield police officers were leading Smith, a suspected drug dealer with a lengthy criminal history, to his morning arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court.

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As officers guided Smith from a police cruiser to the courthouse, Smith's 26-year-old wife, Jena L. Wallace Smith, approached and insisted on embracing her husband, according to case records.

The officers warned Wallace Smith not to touch her husband, but she refused to heed their orders, police said, leading to a physical altercation outside the courthouse. As a result, Wallace Smith was arrested and charged with assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Several other law enforcement officials, including police and Massachusetts Trial Court officers, helped subdue Wallace Smith and Smith, who attempted to help his wife even though he was handcuffed.

Over the past decade, Smith's "lengthy, serious record of violence" has included assault, drug and weapons charges, according to court papers.

Following Smith's district court arraignment in November, he was indicted by a Berkshire grand jury on Dec. 18. That bumped up the case to Superior Court, the site of Monday's arraignment.


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