‘See Something, Say Something’ Leads to Multiple Drug, Firearm Arrests in Pittsfield
Members of the Pittsfield Police Department have been on the radio and have said, time and time again, "if you see something, say something." That is what one Pittsfield resident did over the weekend and it lead to the arrest of four people.
According to a report from the Berkshire Eagle, and later confirmed by Live 95.9, Pittsfield Police responded to a call saying that two men with a handgun were running towards the rear of a home on Cherry Street. When an officer stopped the vehicle that matched the caller's description, they found that one of the passengers -- 19-year-old Jose Estrada of Holyoke -- was wanted on a warrant. Estrada was placed under arrest and a search of the vehicle turned up more than just a passenger with an outstanding warrant.
A 9-millimeter handgun along with 150 bags of, what police believed to be, heroin were also found in the vehicle.
The other three passengers in the vehicle, 22-year-old Isaiah Calderon of Holyoke, 19-year-old Ana Maria Figueroa and 20-year-old Jezenia Figueroa, both of Springfield, were all arrested. All four individuals face charges of possession of a firearm without an FID and possession to distribute a Class A drug, along with receiving stolen property charges based on the weapon being, allegedly, stolen.
The Eagle reports, in addition, that Calderon will face a charge "for a firearm violation with two prior violent or drug crime in light of past offenses".
Estrada is being held without the right to bail, while a $50,000 bail was set for Calderon and $10,000 each for both Ana Maria and Jezenia Figueroa. They will be officially arraigned in Berkshire District Court this week.
There has been a recent list of pretty awful news stories to cover in the City of Pittsfield. In this particular incident, a phone call from a concerned citizen may have thwarted something else added to the list. Again, as the PPD and other law enforcement agencies in the area have repeatedly said, "if you see something, say something." Kudos to that individual.