NEW ASHFORD -- A 38-year-old resident pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to seven charges that included drug trafficking.
Emmett I. Harvin, of Williamstown Road (Route 7) in New Ashford, is being held on $50,000 bail at Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction after being charged with two counts of trafficking a Class B drug, two counts of possession of a firearm without a Firearm Identification Card, and single counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, unsecured firearm and a subsequent offense of distributing a Class A drug.
In court, Harvin’s case was continued until Nov. 14, when it is expected to be bound over to Berkshire Superior Court.
According to a probable cause report written by State Trooper Dale Gero, of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force, Harvin was arrested Tuesday by members of the task force after they found 80 grams of cocaine, 400 30-mg Percocet pills and unlicensed firearms in his Econo-Lodge room on Route 7 in New Ashford. The street value in drugs secured in the room was $20,000, the report stated.
Harvin’s additional charge of subsequent offense Class A drug distribution stems from a probable cause motor vehicle stop the task force conducted earlier Tuesday, when four individuals were found to be in possession of 280 bags of heroin after visiting Harvin’s Econo-Lodge room.
Gero’s report states that the task force followed these individuals to Harvin’s Econo-Lodge room after being made aware of the alleged drug transaction that would take place there by an informant. They stopped the vehicle on Route 7 in Lanesborough after it left the hotel.
Two of the vehicle’s occupants -- Thomas H. Perrea Jr. and Chad D. Myers -- were arrested on heroin possession and conspiracy to violate drug law charges as a result of the stop. The two others have yet to be charged.
The task force then arrested Harvin at the hotel and secured the room, waiting for a search warrant, which was received and executed at 9:15 p.m. The contraband was located during the search, according to the report.
In a statement from Harvin recorded in Gero’s report, the suspect denies having supplied heroin found Tuesday during the earlier motor vehicle stop and said cocaine found in his Econo-Lodge room did not belong to him.
In 2003, Harvin was convicted in Berkshire Superior Court of trafficking cocaine and was sentenced to seven to nine years in state prison.
Perrea, 31, of Marco Drive in Pittsfield, and Myers, 33, of Pine Street in Lanesborough, also appeared in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday, with respective pretrial hearings scheduled for Nov. 14 and Oct. 29.
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