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Man Pleads Guilty to Gun, Drug Charges Connected to North Adams Drug Bust
11:00AM / Friday, October 27, 2023
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Tuesday, Aug. 24, Quentin Harris, of Springfield, pled guilty and was sentenced to a slate of charges in connection to a 2022 drug bust in North Adams.
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute (Fentanyl) - 5 to 8 years state prison concurrent on all charges
  • Trafficking in Cocaine - 5 to 8 years
  • Illegal Possession of a Firearm (2nd Offense) - 5 to 7 years
  • Illegal Possession of a Loaded Firearm
  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony - 4 to 5 years
He was sentenced by the Judge Agostini in Berkshire Superior Court.
In August 2022, the North Adams Police Department in conjunction with the Berkshire County Drug Task Force conducted an investigation into a potential drug dealing operation being run out of apartments at 150 Ashland Street. The investigation included controlled purchases, corroborated information about the suspect, and surveillance. 
Based on this investigation, Quentin Harris When Harris was arrested, North Adams police recovered items from his person:
  • $821.00 in cash
  • Twisted plastic containing a white rock like substance weighing 20.5 grams (field tested positive for cocaine)
  • Twisted plastic baggie containing a white rock like substance weighing 4 grams (field tested positive for cocaine)
  • Twisted plastic containing approximately 31 small prepacked twisted baggies of brown/tan powder weighing a total of 8.3 grams (Harris identified this as heroin)
  • Smith and Wesson .45 Caliber handgun with laser attachment and a round loaded in the chamber
  • .45 Caliber Magazine located in the handgun
  • Six .45 Caliber rounds of ammunition (including the round removed from the chamber of the firearm)
The $821 was forfeited upon sentencing.
Assistant District Attorney Joseph Yorlano represented the Commonwealth. The North Adams Police Department and the Berkshire County Drug Enforcement Task Force were the lead law enforcement agencies involved in the case.
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