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Pittsfield City Councilor Indicted on Drug Charges


PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Pittsfield city councilor has been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly buying illegal prescription painkillers and tipping off a dealer concerning a pending drug bust.

Paul Capitanio was indicted Monday on drug conspiracy and accessory charges.

State police allege the 57-year-old Capitanio was buying oxycodone pills from a dealer in August when he gave him information about an upcoming raid.

Police say the dealer was caught on tape during a wiretap investigation telling a major dealer that a “councilman friend” had tipped him off about upcoming drug raids. The dealer allegedly later told police he was referring to Capitanio.

Capitanio’s attorney, Timothy Shugrue, tells The Berkshire Eagle his client denies the allegations and is not an addict.

Capitanio has been a councilor since 2009.


Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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