Berkshire County man gets up to 4 years in prison for drug dealing

A Berkshire County man was sentenced to up to four years in prison for distributing drugs.

This was part of years-long investigation.

Marcus Johnson, 23, of North Adams, pleaded guilty last week to charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin.

Johnson was arrested in 2019 after an investigation by the North Adams Police into dealing of drugs coming into the area.

He was identified as a suspect and picked up on an outstanding warrant. When Johnson was arrested, he had 75 grams of cocaine, 726 heroin bags, empty baggies and $3,530 in cash on his person, police said.

Investigators also obtained text messages from Johnson’s cell phone that indicated he was part of the drug operation and contained details about the drugs he was carrying and selling, how much they cost and money owed by people who purchased them, according to police, who added $3,530 was seized.

Johnson pleaded guilty Nov. 15, the day his trial was set to begin. He was sentenced to 3 ½ to 4 years on each charge to be served concurrently.

Johnson also has charges pending in Springfield, Mass. and New York.