ADAMS -- A May Hoosac Street raid led to the arraignment of a Springfield man and warrants being issued for an Adams woman at Northern Berkshire District Court on Tuesday on heroin and cocaine possession charges.
The arrests stemmed from a no-knock search warrant executed on the second-floor apartment of 6 Hoosac St. at 10:30 p.m. on May 26, where one gram of cocaine was discovered along with baggies containing heroin and cocaine residue, drug paraphernalia and 13 grams of marijuana, according to police.
Michael Dise, 33, of Manhattan Street in Springfield, was arraigned on a charge of Class B drug possession, subsequent offense. A warrant was issued by the court for the arrest of Brandylee Herbert, 32, of Hoosac Street in Adams, on charges of possession of a Class A drug, possession of a Class B drug, and being present where heroin is kept. The heroin charge carried because police say Herbert admitted to consuming two bags of heroin prior to the raid.
The search was headed up by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force and Adams Police Detective Lawrence Ordyna, the Berkshire County Special Response Team, the Lanesborough Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police Berkshire Narcotics and Detective Unit, the North Adams Police Department and the Pittsfield Police Department.
"We raided the house for cocaine and heroin and evidence of stolen firearms or receipts of stolen firearms that were sold, and as a result, we arrested Herbert and Dise on drug charges," Ordyna said.
Dise and Herbert were subsequently released on personal recognizance.
Police say strong evidence in the case of the stolen firearms brought about the issuing of a second warrant, again for Herbert, on additional charges of three counts larceny of a firearm, two counts breaking and entering a building during the day for a felony and two counts possession of a firearm without a Firearms Identification Card.
Police say Herbert is implicated in the alleged theft of 20 guns from a Fred Mason Road residence in Cheshire, reported by the homeowner.
Seven of these firearms, including rifles, shotguns and pistols, were subsequently sold at Pat's Gun Shop in Lanesborough and Dave's Sporting Goods in Pittsfield for a total of $1,105. Herbert was identified by both store owners and her driver's license number was on the receipts of sale.
The other 13 guns remain missing. According to Ordyna's report on the thefts, Herbert said, "I'll admit to the ones I took and sold, but I don't know anything about the other guns."
The Pittsfield Police Department is leading the investigation of the thefts.
Dise's pretrial date was scheduled for July 25. He faces no more than 2 years if convicted.
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