PITTSFIELD -- Two men police allegedly saw make a heroin deal denied drug charges on Monday and are free on personal recognizance.

Pittsfield Police say two officers watched Christopher Ames, 51, of Beech Grove Avenue, and Richard Clausen, 24, of Walnut Street, make a hand-to-hand drug deal Friday evening outside a convenience store on West Housatonic Street.

Both men were arrested and police say they recovered two bags of heroin.

The officers, acting on a tip that Ames was dealing drugs, passed by his residence, saw him walking on West Housatonic Street and followed from a distance. When Ames went into the store, the police parked across the street. A few minutes later, they allege, Ames walked over to a black pick-up truck and made the deal with Clausen.

On Monday in Central Berkshire District Court, Ames pleaded not guilty to felony distribution of heroin. Clausen denied a charge of possession of heroin as a subsequent offense, a misdemeanor. Both were released on personal recognizance by Judge Fredric D. Rutberg.

Both men are due back in court next month.

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