Tip yields to Pittsfield man's arrest on gun, drug charges

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PITTSFIELD — A report of a suspicious person with a gun Tuesday morning led to the arrest of a city man on drug trafficking and weapons charges.

Michael H. Wood, 24, was allegedly carrying nearly 80 grams of cocaine and a loaded .45 caliber handgun when he was arrested.

About 7:08 a.m., police were dispatched to a Dalton Avenue apartment building for a report of a man on the porch apparently carrying a weapon.

Police were given a description of the man and were told a gun could be seen tucked into the waistband of his pants.

At the building, among a group of people on the porch, police found a man, later identified as Wood, wearing the same clothes described by a witness; a black leather jacket and a hooded sweatshirt.

Police attempted to speak with Wood, who declined to give his name and attempted to push past officers, according to a police report.

When he did, police ordered Wood to place his hands on the railing, but he again tried to push past the officers.

When an officer grabbed Wood, both fell to the floor of the porch and a gun fell out of Wood's waistband.

Wood was asked to show a gun license, but told police he didn't have one.

The gun had seven .45 caliber rounds in its magazine, police said.

Wood was searched while being booked and police found about 85 bags containing varying amounts of both powdered and crack cocaine.

Police estimated the total weight of the cocaine at about 78 grams, with an approximate street value of $7,800.

According to police, Wood has an open criminal case in Central Berkshire District Court on a charge of threatening to commit murder.

He pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in the same court to charges of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, carrying a firearm without a license, trafficking in cocaine and possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card.

Judge Paul Smyth ordered him held on $25,000 bail. Wood is due back in court on July 12 for a pretrial hearing.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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