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City councilman pleads not guilty to tipping off drug dealers

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A Pittsfield city councilor has pleaded not guilty to accessory and drug conspiracy charges.

Paul Capitanio, 57, is accused of buying oxycodone pills from a dealer in August 2013 when he gave him information about an upcoming raid.

According to police, the dealer was caught on tape during a wiretap investigation telling a major dealer that a "councilman friend" tipped him off about the upcoming drug raid.

The councilman pleaded not guilty to his charges and bail is set at $500. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for January 16, 2014.

Capitanio was previously indicted in October by a grand jury for allegedly buying the illegal prescription painkillers and tipping off the dealer.

Capitanio has been a councilor since 2009.

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