Pittsfield career criminal sentenced to 25 years for drug trafficking, weapons charges

PITTSFIELD – A career criminal from Pittsfield has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for drug trafficking and weapons crimes.  

Prosecutors say Jason McFadden, 43, was selling drugs out of his home at 98 Daniels Ave. During a search of his residence in 2018, police found $62,00 in cash, along with drug trafficking equipment used to press kilos of cocaine, according to a news release.  

Although police did not find many drugs in his home, authorities believe the large sum of cash indicated that he already sold most of the drugs and was preparing to resupply.  

Police believe he was trying to control the movement of illegal drugs even after his arrest.  

In August, McFadden was found guilty following a jury trial on multiple firearms charges related to four firearms that police seized from the residence. 

McFadden has a long criminal history dating back 20 years.  

“Since his first arrest in 2002, Mr. McFadden has again and again proven he has no plans to change his behavior,” said Berkshire County District Attorney Timothy Shugrue in a news release. “With this sentence I can say Jason McFadden has finally been held accountable. Today Pittsfield is a safer place.”