PITTSFIELD -- A city man was sentenced to up to five years in state prison on Monday after pleading guilty to drug dealing, gun possession and counterfeiting charges.
Walter Harris, 25, was arrested after a September 2012 raid on his Fenn Street apartment by members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force, which had received a tip that Harris was selling cocaine in Pittsfield and that he and his "associates" had brought $7,000 in counterfeit $20 bills into the area from New York. Some of the money allegedly turned up at several local businesses.
During a search of the apartment, task force members found seven fake $20 bills, six bags of crack cocaine, a loaded .25-caliber pistol and drug dealing paraphernalia, according to a police report.
Harris pleaded guilty to five charges: Possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during a felony, possession of a counterfeit note, and two other gun charges.
Superior Court Judge John A. Agostini ordered Harris to serve at least three years and no more than five years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction plus a year of probation. The judge's sentence followed an agreed upon sentencing recommendation between Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard M. Locke and Harris' attorney, Jill Sheldon.
Another man who was arrested in the police raid, 27-year-old Anthony Green, pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute in April and was sentenced to nine months in the county jail.
Police said they found 10 bags of crack cocaine in Green's sock during the raid.
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