PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A sitting city councilor is accused of alerting drug dealers to police raids.
According to the Berkshire Eagle, Paul Capitanio pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to conspiracy to possess oxycodone and being an accessory after the fact. The paper reports that police accuse Capitanio of alerting dealers as a way to maintain an oxycodone habit.
The councilor's attorney, Timothy Shugrue, said his client denied the charges and that he had an oxycodone addiction.
Capitanio, who owns the East Side Cafe, has represented Ward 3 since being first elected in 2009; he is not standing for election this year.
The Eagle reports that Capitanio had been arrested by state police on Friday and is currently out on $500 bail.
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