Saturday September 22, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Two city men are being held on bail after pleading not guilty to drug charges, and a city teen, also arrested in Wednesday’s drug raid, remains free on his own recognizance.

In Central Berkshire District Court, Yarmi L. Cofield, 38, of Linden Street and Sadowell Hudson, 45, of Columbus Avenue, pleaded not guilty to single counts of possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute as a subsequent offense. Cofield also pleaded not guilty to four gun-related charges.

Seventeen-year-old Myles T. Handy -- who was living with Cofield -- was also charged in the raid and pleaded not guilty to possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

The defendants deny the charges and their lawyers said there may be suppression issues in the case.

On Wednesday at about 8:30 p.m., two city homes were raided simultaneously by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force. Police executed a warrant on Linden Street that allegedly turned up an illegal .22 Ruger pistol, 12 grams of crack cocaine, drug-dealing paraphernalia and $8,272 in cash.

According to a police report, Handy was arrested after law enforcement officials found 16 grams of marijuana in his room. He was not charged in relation to the cocaine.

The second home, on Columbus Avenue, allegedly turned up four grams of crack cocaine and $172 in cash.

On Thursday, Judge Michael J.


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Ripps ordered Cofield held on $20,000 cash or $200,000 bond, citing his previous record.

Hudson was held on $5,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

The two men are scheduled to be back in court next month. The cases are likely to be transferred to Superior Court.

Handy was released on recognizance but must reside with his mother.