NORTH ADAMS -- A 30-year-old city man was arrested Sunday after police and a Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts security officer allegedly found firearms and cocaine in a Hoosac Street apartment while responding to reports of a fight in progress.
David J. Rosander, of Hoosac Street, was arraigned Tuesday in Northern Berkshire District Court on charges of trafficking in cocaine, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of a Class D drug, improper storage of a firearm, assault and battery and two counts of possession of a firearm without a Firearms Identification card.
Twenty-two grams of cocaine, a handgun with numerous boxes of ammunition, and marijuana were allegedly found inside Rosander's 21 Hoosac St. apartment during a protective sweep performed by authorities.
They'd responded to an on-scene fight at 6:30 p.m. and came upon a woman who said she'd been hit by one of the men inside, prompting the sweep. The contraband was located on the second floor, according to police.
According to a police report filed by North Adams Police Officer Austin Benjamin, he'd found a hookah and marijuana in an upstairs room and seized a nearby backpack as evidence.
A search of the backpack turned up a loaded Smith & Wesson M&P .40 handgun, two 50-count boxes of ammunition, 13 baggies of cocaine and narcotics packaging materials. Two more boxes of handgun ammunition were found in the living room of the apartment. The amount of cocaine is consistent with a trafficking charge, the report says.
Rosander told police the cocaine was his but the handgun belonged to a friend, who'd left it at his apartment, the report says.
Northern Berkshire District Court Clerk Magistrate Timothy Morey set Rosander's bail at $1,540, and he was bailed out at 3 a.m. on Feb. 11, according to court records.
The charges against Rosander of trafficking in cocaine and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony can only be prosecuted in Superior Court. He is expected to be indicted and arraigned there before a bindover hearing scheduled in court Tuesday for March 13.
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