Pittsfield Teenager Facing Drug Trafficking, Firearms Charges

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police have arrested a teenager on firearms and drug charges. 
According to Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Arena, police were informed on Monday that the 17-year-old juvenile was in possession of a firearm and a warrant was issued for his arrest. 
When he was arrested shortly afterward, police say he had a loaded handgun, a "substantial amount" of cocaine and a "large quantity" of cash. 
The suspect, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, is facing the following charges: 
• Carrying a loaded firearm without a license
• Possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card
• Trafficking in cocaine
• Possessing a firearm in the commission of a felony
• Violation of probation
The juvenile was to be arraigned in Pittsfield Juvenile Court on Wednesday.
This is the Police Department's sixth arrest of a juvenile whose criminal charges involve a firearm within the last six months.
Anyone who wishes to provide information about this incident is asked to contact Officer John Virgilio at 413-448-9700, Ext. 607, or text PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).

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Pascual-Polanco Brothers Sentenced to Life for 2019 Homicide

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Chiry Omar Pascual-Polanco and Carlos Pascual-Polanco on Thursday were given life sentences without possibility for parole for the murder of 18-year-old Jaden Salois in 2019.

The brothers lured Salois, of Dalton, outside a Pittsfield home for a false drug deal and shot him in the back in the early morning hours on Jan. 20, 2019. Prosecutors say the killing was over allegations of stolen marijuana. 
During the sentencing at Berkshire Superior Court, several of Salios' family members gave impact statements that detailed his kind disposition and hopes for the future. They said it was unfair for him to be robbed of it.

"A piece of me is gone that will never be replaced," his mother Megan Bernardini wrote.

"Over the past 3 1/2 years, me and my family have experienced endless sleepless nights and have had never-ending thoughts of why this happened to Jaden and why this happened to us," his cousin Brianna Crucitti said. "We still don't know why it happened to him or why it happened to us."

Family members of Chiry Omar, 26, and Carlos, 22, called the verdict is an injustice, arguing that there was not sufficient provable evidence and that the brothers are innocent.  

They did not speak at the sentencing but offered statements to iBerkshires afterward.

Sister Marisela Pascual knew that she and her brothers had "no fighting chance" for their lives in this community and said it is clear that they didn’t commit the crime.

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