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Pittsfield councilman facing charges

Posted at: 08/20/2013 11:55 AM
Updated at: 08/20/2013 5:51 PM
By: John McLoughlin



City Councilor Paul Capitanio, seen in a photo from a 2011 Facebook campaign page, is accused of tipping off drug dealers to police drug busts.
City Councilor Paul Capitanio, seen in a photo from a 2011 Facebook campaign page, is accused of tipping off drug dealers to police drug busts.
Photo: Facebook

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - A city councilman is accused of tipping off drug dealers to police drug busts.

The Berkshire Eagle reports City Councilor Paul Capitanio pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to charges of conspiracy to violate drug laws and accessory after the fact.

As NewsChannel 13 reported earlier this summer, Capitanio has been a critic of locating a methadone clinic in the city.

He told WNYT in June that it was a personal issue for his family because his son died after a long drug battle.

Pittsfield Mayor Daniel Bianchi said he was shocked when he learned about the arrest.

However, details of Capitanio's alleged crime are still very sketchy.

The Mayor was about the only public official willing to comment--if only briefly.

Capitanio surprised Pittsfield residents last month when he suddenly dropped out of his race for reelection..

Berkshire County District’s David Capeless refused to comment on the case, and seemed to grow angrier as NewsChannel 13 asked him questions over the phone.

Capitanio's term runs out in December and the mayor says he has a call in to him to discuss the possibility of Capitanio resigning.