On November 15th Marcus Johnson (North Adams) pled guilty to Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Class A Substance (heroin) and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Substance (cocaine). The Honorable Judge Agostini sentenced Johnson to 3.5 to 4 years on each charge, to be served concurrent. Additionally, there was a forfeiture of $3,530.00. Johnson pled guilty the day his trial was set to begin.
In 2019, the North Adams Police Department was investigating the supplying and dealing of drugs coming into the North Adams area. Marcus Johnson became an identified suspect during the investigation. On November 1, 2019, Johnson was arrested on an outstanding warrant. When he was arrested, police found the following items on his person:
- 75 grams of cocaine
- 726 heroin baggies
- Empty baggies
- $3,530 cash
Text messages were also obtained from a cell phone belonging to Johnson. Those texts further indicated that Johnson was a part of the drug operation and included details of the types of drugs he was carrying as well as messages about selling the drugs, the cost of the drugs and money owed by individuals who purchased the drugs.
Assistant District Attorney Amy Winston represented the Commonwealth. The North Adams Police Department acted as the lead law enforcement agency.
Along with charges in Berkshire County, Johnson has charges pending in Springfield, MA and New York.