PITTSFIELD -- The New York man local police call the "kingpin" of a North County crack cocaine ring is being held on $1 million bail after pleading not guilty to drug charges.
Clifton Sumlin, 41, of the Bronx, was arraigned Wednesday in Berk shire Superior Court on single counts of second-offense cocaine distribution and violating a drug-free school zone.
Police allege Sumlin sold crack to a police informant in the North Adams Big Y parking lot in September 2007. In August, Sumlin was picked up by North Adams Police on an outstanding warrant related to a Berkshire County Drug Task Force investigation.
According to police, Sumlin ran a crack cocaine distribution network from 2007 to 2009 with ties to a larger network in the Bronx. He allegedly brought drug dealers from New York and set them up in business in North Adams.
According to police and prosecutors, Sumlin has a history of drug convictions and uses numerous aliases.
The description of Sumlin as a drug kingpin was dismissed by his previous attorney, Mark Pasquarillo, who described Sumlin as a unemployed man who livs with his mother.
On Wednesday, Sumlin appeared with attorney Richard D. LeBlanc and was remanded to the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction on $100,000 cash or $1 million bond.
Assistant Berkshire District Attor ney Richard M. Locke is prosecuting the case. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 9.
Sumlin's other aliases include An thony Ammes, Clapp, Leroy Sum lin, Cliffton Summer, Clifton Sum mers, Clifton Ammes, Lerdy Sumlin and Clifton Summer.