Warrant Issued For 2 Who Skipped Arraignment On Drug Charges
The Berkshire Eagle reports warrants have been issued for two North Adams residents in connection with a March drug raid on a Williamstown motel.
Joseph Bunt, 34, and Lakarra Williams, 29, failed to appear in Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday for their arraignment on drug trafficking charges.
The pair were arrested after a raid on their Cozy Corner Motel room by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force and federal agents.
Police allege that Bunt and Williams rented the room and sold drugs on behalf of Edwin Morales, who was arrested in the sting following a months long investigation into cocaine and heroin distribution in the North Adams area.
Morales and Williams both had outstanding arrest warrants and were arrested at the scene, while Bunt was released and charged afterward.
Simultaneous to the arrest of Williams and Bunt, police raided a Hall Street residence they believed to be connected to Morales.
Officers found 1,315 bags of heroin and 79 grams of cocaine inside a safe in the bedroom of Deshaunte King, 24. They also found an unspecified amount of cocaine and $756 in cash in the purse of Leila Moody-Williams, 23.
King and Moody-Williams were each arraigned last month. King pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on April 22 to single counts of trafficking in cocaine between 18 and 36 grams, trafficking and heroin between 18 and 36 grams, and conspiracy to violate drug laws. Moody-Williams pleaded not guilty to a single count of possession to distribute a Class B drug.
Morales was not immediately charged in Northern Berkshire District Court following his arrest. Instead, he was transported to Vermont, where he was wanted on a federal arrest warrant out of Burlington for conspiracy to distribute heroin.
Williams also had an active warrant already out for her arrest for failing to appear in court to face traffic violation-related charges, according to the report.