4,000+ bags of heroin seized, 7 arrested during raids in Springfield, Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A series of raids in Pittsfield Friday resulted in seven arrests and the confiscation of thousands of bags of heroin, cocaine and two firearms. 

According to Berkshire District Attorney’s office spokesman Dennis Yusko, the following suspects were arrested:

⦁ Shameen M. Howard, 27, Springfield

⦁ Aquireya Howe, 22, Springfield

⦁ Dylan M. Ducharme, 23, Pittsfield

⦁ Ryan N. Henault, 21, Pittsfield

⦁ Paul R. Lewis, 23, Pittsfield

⦁ Zackary Kirkland, 20, Pittsfield

⦁ James M. Daley, 26, Pittsfield

They were charged with trafficking in heroin between 100 and 200 grams and conspiracy to violate drug laws Monday in Central Berkshire District Court. Lewis, Kirkland, and Daley were also charged with trafficking in cocaine between 18 and 36 grams, while Henault faces a charge of possession of cocaine with the intent to sell.

The seven arrests were made during three vehicle stops on Brown, West, and West Housatonic Streets in Pittsfield and during a search of a Springfield home and two apartments in Pittsfield. 

Yusko said officers confiscated 4,400 bags of heroin, 82 grams of cocaine, a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol, a 9mm Glock, a ballistic vest, ammunition and about $40,000 in cash during the raids.

Five of the defendants were held without the right to bail pending hearings. Pre-trial hearings for Howe and Daley are scheduled for May 2.

State police, the Berkshire County Sherrif’s Office, Pittsfield Police, Dalton Police, North Adams Police and the MSP C.I.N.R.E.T unit were all part of the investigation.

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