Adams man gets two years on drug, gun charges

By Bob Dunn, The Berkshire Eagle PITTSFIELD -- An Adams man was sentenced to two years in jail Thursday, after admitting to drug and gun charges stemming from two separate incidents about a year apart. Brandon Milette, 39, who already was facing drug and weapons charges from a 2018 incident, was arrested again last June, after police found a large quantity of heroin during a traffic stop.

In the earlier case, police had been conducting surveillance of the home he shared with Samantha Bernier when they saw her leaving in a vehicle, which then was stopped. A search of that vehicle recovered a loaded but unsecured handgun, legally owned by Milette, prosecutors said. Police then received a warrant to search the house and found a loaded shotgun belonging to Milette and about 15 grams, including packaging, of cocaine.

Police also recovered cellphones on which there were messages about drug dealing, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Andrew Giarolo. The amount of drugs, the messages and user paraphernalia in the house indicated that drugs were being sold to support the pair's drug habits, he said. While that case was pending, Milette was pulled over in June by state police for traveling with an unsecured load after he was spotted driving a truck with no tailgate.

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After conducting a background check, police saw Milette and his passenger had open drug charges and called in for a K-9 unit to check the truck.

That search led to the recovery of "several hundred" bags of heroin, Giarolo said. In all, Milette pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to one count each of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of heroin with intent to distribute and two counts of improper storage of a firearm. Judge John Agostini sentenced him to two years in the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction, which will be followed by two years of probation.

Milette will receive credit for any time already served in custody. The sentence was the result of an agreed-upon recommendation between Giarolo and Milette's attorney, Colin Keefe. The case against Bernier remains open.

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