PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The owner of Herman Alexander's Restaurant pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Monday to illegal gambling charges.
Mitchell Grossjung, 25, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of keeping a place for registering bets. He was released by Judge Mary Lou Rup on $300 cash bail.
Grossjung allegedly provided illegal poker machines to his customers. The bar was raided on the night of April 27 because Police suspected the location was a "retail center of cocaine distribution."
The raid turned up little evidence of drug use except some corners of plastic bags that are used to hold small amount of cocaine, according to Police. The gambling charges stem from that raid.
Since the raid, Police have said that the homes of alleged cocaine dealers believed to be operating out of the bar have been raided and turned up more than 160 grams of cocaine. The Lyman Street bar's license was suspended for 60 day by the city's licensing board.
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