Pittsfield Police Arrest Two Suspected in 'Ghost Gun' Manufacturing

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Police arrested Emmanuel Kodjo and Taylor Bartlett after an investigation centering around the illegal possession of firearms and the illegal manufacturing of "ghost guns."
 
On Thursday morning, Oct. 28, members of the Pittsfield Police Department, Berkshire County Special Response Team, and Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force executed simultaneous search warrants at 205 Lenox Ave. (apartment No. 3) and 122 Dewey Ave. (apartment No. 4) in Pittsfield.
 
As a result of an investigation and ensuing search warrant executions, 23-year-old Emmanuel Kodjo and 18-year-old Taylor Bartlett were placed under arrest and charged with unlicensed possession of firearms. Police say additional charges are expected.             
 
Illegally owned firearms and "ghost guns" are an ongoing problem in Pittsfield and beyond, according to police. Ghost guns are privately manufactured firearms that do not possess a serial number. The weapons are partially manufactured and can be assembled at home by a person with minimal knowledge and skill. 
 
The search of the two residences resulted in the seizure of firearms, firearm parts and accessories, ammunition, and manufacturing equipment. 
 
Both Kodjo and Bartlett are Pittsfield residents. 
 
Lead investigators for the case are Investigator Thomas Bowler and Officer John Virgilio. The investigation centers on the illegal possession of firearms and the illegal manufacturing of "ghost guns."
 
A school resource officer contributed information that was pertinent to this investigation. Other agencies who assisted with this investigation include the Berkshire County Sheriff's Department, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. 
 
In recent months, Pittsfield Police have made seizures of illegally possessed firearms and ghost guns.
 
Anyone who wishes to provide additional information can do so by contacting PPD at 413-448-9700. 
 
Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau Tip Line at 413-448-9706, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).

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Andrew Cambi Tapped as Pittsfield's Director of Public Health

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Interim Director of Public Health Andrew Cambi will step in as the permanent director of public health.

The Board of Health unanimously voted Cambi into the position on Wednesday after a public interview. During a recess, he was called to be notified of the decision and accepted the job offer.

Patricia Tremblay, an administrator with Berkshire Health Systems, was also supposed to be interviewed but withdrew.

Debate amongst the board was brief. Members were pleased with his work within the city as a senior sanitarian and interim director as well as his responses to interview questions.

"I had the opportunity to work with him on a couple of different initiatives and I found him to be impressive," Brad Gordon said.

"I think in areas where he may not yet have deep knowledge, he is going to roll up his sleeves and acquire that knowledge and he's professional and seems really committed to the community and really addressing public health issues within the community."

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