Monday, September 22, 2014 10:21pm
North Adams, MA now: 52 °   
Send news, tips, press releases and questions to info@iBerkshires.com
The Berkshires online guide to events, news and Berkshire County community information.
SIGN IN | REGISTER NOW   

Home About Archives RSS Feed
North Adams Couple Charged With Marijuana Distribution
Staff Reports On: 03:41PM / Tuesday January 07, 2014
Important
32
Interesting
23
Funny
101
Awesome
46
Infuriating
29
Ridiculous
303
Marijuana and cultivation paraphernalia police say the confiscated from a North Adams home.

Update on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 3 p.m.: The identification of a third member of the family was incorrect in an earlier version of this article.

"Misidentification by the mother at the scene triggered those charges," said Det. John LeClair. "Now the charges will be amended and brought against the other adult son."

The individual's name will not be released until his identity is confirmed in court documents.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A former high school teacher and the owner of local toy store are facing charges related to growing and selling marijuana after police confiscated nearly $16,000 worth of cultivated weed and 14 plants.

Whitney Suters, 46, and Monique Suters, 44, and a third person to believed to be their son, have been charged with possession with the intent to distribute a Class D substance, manufacture/cultivation of a Class D substance and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act. Monique Suters operates Persnickety Toys in North Adams.

Whitney Suters is also facing a charge of assault and battery on an officer.

The family was arrested after police responded a 911 hangup redirected from state police in Northampton at about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4.

Police Officers Trevor Manning and David Lemieux responded to the East Quincy Street home where they said Monique Suters told them a water pipe had broken and was draining into the home's electrical service.

She asked that the officers attempt to find the shut off but police said when they went into the basement her husband attempted to prevent them from entering a basement room by pushing them, resulting in his arrest and the assault charge.

Whitney Suters said on Wedesday that he received an emergency call from his wife and drove home from Cheshire and entered the basement to find two police officers standing at a closed door. Firefighters were also there.

Officers reportedly encountered "a strong odor" of raw and harvested marijuana as well as other evidence of cultivation and requested detectives. A search warrant received from Northern Berkshire District Court was executed at about 6:40 a.m. on Sunday.

Police said they found two pounds of marijuana, 14-small to medium-height marijuana plants, plastic baggies and three digital scales with marijuana residue on the measuring plates in the basement and that a table was set up for the manicuring and production of marijuana for street-level sales. A small area was set up for the cultivation of marijuana with lighting systems and soil.

Officers said they located two more pounds of marijuana in six separate bags on the second floor in a closet, making a total of four pounds seized.

Police allege that Monique Suters and her son removed marijuana plants from the basement and placed them into black trash bags to avoid their detection and stashed the two pounds of marijuana in the upstairs closet to hide it.

The value of the marijuana seized is $4,000 a pound, said police.

Whitney Suters posted on his Facebook page on Monday that he was preparing for a roller coaster ride.

"I hope my lessons have taught me well enough to keep up the faith and the fight; peace and love to all, the calm before the storm is fading fast. Talk with you all tomorrow if your [sic] still my friend."

The former Drury Spanish teacher may find more support than he thinks. Nearly 300 comments have been posted on the Police Department's Facebook report, many decrying the arrests as a waste of taxpayer money and as "destroying the lives of people."

"We're losing good people and loved ones everyday to herione [sic] and pills but you wanna worry about some stoners," wrote commenter John Vincent Toromino.

Massachusetts, both times by ballot initiatives, has decriminalized possessing small amounts of marijuana and opened the door to medical marijuana dispensaries. Colorado and Washington have legalized (and regulated and taxed) the use of marijuana. A recent poll found that 55 percent of Americans think it should be legalized.

But even as sentiments are changing toward recreational and medicinal use of marijuana, it remains an illegal substance in most states and at the federal level.

"As a LAW Enforcement agency, we do not get to pick and choose which laws we wish to enforce and which we do not," the Police Department posted in response to the torrent of criticism.

Correction: The Persnickety Toys in Pittsfield is no longer associated with the Suters. iBerkshires regrets the error.



0 Comments
     
News Headlines
Williams Seniors Urged to Be Open to New Experiences
Cat Who Survived Tornado Visits Pittsfield's Berkshire Pathways
Letter: Stroudwater Report
Pittsfield Singer Seeking IndiGogo Boost to Fame
UCP Honors Volunteers, Staff at 53rd Annual Meeting
Downtown Pittsfield Construction Update, Sept. 22-26, 2014
Rockwell Museum Gets Grant to Develop Digital Experiences
Pittsfield Celebrates Fire Safety Week With Open House
Tapestry Health Moving to MCLA
'Autumn Fields' Opens Sept. 25 in Williamstown
Crimewatch Links

North Adams CrimeWatch

Stamford/Clarksburg CrimeWatch

Pittsfield CrimeWatch

Emergency: 911
Adams 413-743-1212
Clarksburg 413-663-7795
Cheshire 413-743-1501
Dalton 413-684-0300
Great Barrington 413-528-0306
Lanesborough 413-443-4107
Lee 413-243-2100
Lenox 413-637-2346
North Adams 413-664-4944
Pittsfield 413-448-9700
Richmond 413-698-3315
Stockbridge 413-298-4179
Williamstown 413-458-5733
West Stockbridge 413-232-7938
State Police  
Cheshire Barracks
413-743-4700
Lee Barracks 413-243-0600
Shaftsbury, Vt., Barracks 802-442-3263

 



Categories:
Adams (33)
Alford (0)
Becket (6)
Cheshire (9)
Clarksburg (27)
Dalton (4)
Egremont (0)
Florida (4)
Great Barrington (9)
Hancock (4)
Hinsdale (2)
Lanesborough (12)
Lee (11)
Lenox (9)
Monterey (0)
Mount Washington (0)
New Ashford (3)
New Marlborough (1)
North Adams (124)
Otis (2)
Peru (1)
Pittsfield (134)
Pownal (9)
Readsboro (9)
Richmond (8)
Sandisfield (2)
Savoy (4)
Sheffield (2)
Stamford (25)
State (1)
Stockbridge (4)
Tyringham (1)
Washington (1)
West Stockbridge (1)
Williamstown (48)
Windsor (1)
Archives:
September 2014 (11)
August 2014 (21)
July 2014 (13)
June 2014 (16)
May 2014 (15)
April 2014 (10)
March 2014 (12)
February 2014 (2)
Tags:
Motor Vehicle Accident Missing Persons Buglaries Crash Shooting Drugs Injuries Motor Vehicle Drug Charges Embezzlement Assault Larceny Robbery Rape Dui Break-ins Missing Stabbing Fatal Police Arrest Armed Robbery Fraud Fire Mvi Oxycodone Search Homicide Structure Fire Veremko Vehicle Crime Watch Accident Cocaine Murder
Popular Entries:
Great Barrington Crashes Leave Two Dead
North Adams Woman Killed in Route 2 Crash
North Adams Man Crashes SUV Into Home
Man Killed by Bull in Clarksburg
Kincaid Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Rape
North Adams Man Arraigned on Child Porn Charges
Cariddi Auto Sales Burns
Donations Reach State Road Fire Victims
Pittsfield Police Identify Parking Garage Death
Mayor's Wife Arrested for Shoplifting
Recent Entries:
Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 16 - Sept. 18
Possible Abduction Attempt in South Berkshire
Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 8 - Sept. 11
Pittsfield Police Log: Sept. 9 - Sept. 15
Two-Car Accident Detours Traffic in North Adams
North Adams Police Searching for Armed Robbery Suspect
Pittsfield Police Log: Sept. 6 - Sept. 8
Pittsfield Police Log: Sept. 2 - Sept. 5.
Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 2 - Sept. 4
Former Lee Police Chief Facing Federal Charges


View All
UCP Annual Meeting 2014
United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County dedicated its...
Volleyball: St. Joe s vs...
Saint Joseph's 18 13 13 0 Wahconah 25 25 25 3
Girls Soccer: Mt Greylock vs...
The Wahconah girls soccer team earned its fifth straight...
Soccer: Hoosac Valley vs...
Hoosac, Taconic Boys Play to Scoreless Tie
Football: Wahconah vs Drury
Final at Drury, Wahconah over Drury 42-6.
Girls Soccer: Lenox vs Hoosac
Hoosac Valley posts an 8-2 win over Lenox.
Walk a Mile at 3rd Thursday
The annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, kicking of September's...
Barrington Stage BYP Social
Berkshire Young Professionals were at the Barrington Stage...
Soccer: Wahconah vs...
The Pittsfield boys’ soccer team had the complete package...
Soccer: Taconic vs Drury
Drury boys soccer 3-1 loss to Taconic, Wednesday afternoon....
Golf: Monument vs Mount...
Two standout rounds for Mount Greylock and one standup move...
Volleyball: Lee vs Mount...
Lee 3, Mount Greylock 0, The visiting Wildcats won 25-23,...
Soccer: Mount Greylock vs...
Eric Hirsch scored twice and set up two goals to lead the...
Josh Billings RunAground 2014
The team from Pittsfield's Allen Heights Veterinary won the...
Football: Amherst vs Williams
Football: Amherst vs Williams in a scrimmage on Saturday...
Girls Soccer: Drury vs...
Taconic girls soccer team took a 3-2 win over Drury on...
UCP Annual Meeting 2014
United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County dedicated its...
Volleyball: St. Joe s vs...
Saint Joseph's 18 13 13 0 Wahconah 25 25 25 3
Girls Soccer: Mt Greylock vs...
The Wahconah girls soccer team earned its fifth straight...
Soccer: Hoosac Valley vs...
Hoosac, Taconic Boys Play to Scoreless Tie
Football: Wahconah vs Drury
Final at Drury, Wahconah over Drury 42-6.
| Home | A & E | Business | Community News | Dining | Real Estate | Schools | Sports & Outdoors | Berkshires Weather | Weddings
Advertise | Recommend This Page | Help Contact Us | Privacy Policy| User Agreement
iBerkshires.com is owned and operated by: Boxcar Media 102 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247 -- T. 413-663-3384 F.413-664-4251
© 2000 Boxcar Media LLC - All rights reserved