The trail of a suspected drug dealer on Tuesday led to the Holiday Inn, where police recovered cocaine, heroin and a loaded weapon.

The Berkshire Eagle reportsSirFrancis Carthon, 36, of Springfield, is facing multiple firearm and drug charges in connection with the raid on the hotel room, where he was staying with his girlfriend.

The investigation began in April with a discussion between North Adams Police and a confidential informant regarding a drug dealer who frequented and sold narcotics from a Spring Street apartment.

On Tuesday, a concerned citizen reported that narcotics were being sold from the same apartment, according to the police report filed by North Adams Police Detective Sgt. Mark Bailey.

Carthon was then arrested.

A Taurus semiautomatic handgun with a live round in the chamber and a feeding device with 11 additional rounds was found.

In searching the vehicle, police found a temporary permit to carry a concealed pistol issued by South Dakota to Carthon, but the report noted that Massachusetts does not honor such permits.

Carthon pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to single counts of possession of a large capacity firearm in the commission of a felony; a firearm violation with a prior drug conviction; possession of a large capacity firearm; improper storage of a large capacity firearm; possession to distribute a class

He was ordered held without bail.

The police report indicated Warner will also face charges.


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