WILLIAMSTOWN -- An investigation by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force led to one man's arrest Thursday for possessing an illegal firearm and a substantial amount of heroin.
State police arrested Ernest A. Harvin, 37, of Bronx, N.Y. after a vehicle chase and a foot pursuit off of Oblong Road.
Harvin will be held at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction on $500,000 cash bail.
According to the probable cause report by State Trooper Dale Gero, an informant told authorities he had purchased heroin from Harvin "at least several hundred times," with the most common meeting places being Oblong Road and the end of Spring Street in Williamstown.
Authorities set up a sting operation to meet Harvin shortly before 10 p.m. on Thursday.
A state trooper activated his cruiser's lights when he observed a silver Mercedes matching the one Harvin reportedly drove traveling north on Hancock Road (Route 43) near the intersection of Oblong Road.
Harvin allegedly attempted to evade the cruiser by turning onto Oblong Road, the report states, but lost control of his vehicle, crashed into a group of trees, and then fled through the woods.
A State Police K9 unit tracked Harvin using a floor mat as a scent article for approximately one mile through fields, yards and woods before finding the suspect behind a tree.
According to the report, authorities located 280 bags of heroin in the area of Harvin's vehicle.
Police also seized $1,435 in cash, a loaded 9mm handgun and 15 rounds of ammunition from the vehicle. The gun was confirmed to have been stolen in September of 2010, and the suspect does not have a Firearms Identification Card (FID) or license to carry a firearm in Massachusetts.
"A [National Crime Information Center] check of Harvin revealed an extensive criminal record in the State of New York, including felonious charges for possession, distributing narcotics, firearms, assaults, and murder offenses," the report states. "Harvin also has various aliases, dates of birth and social security numbers."
Harvin was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday and faces charges of: Possessing a class A drug to distribute (heroin), improper storage of a firearm, firearm use in a felony, carrying a firearm without a license, possessing ammunition without an FID card, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, receiving stolen property over $250, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, and no inspection sticker.
Harvin will return to court on Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. for a pretrial hearing.