PITTSFIELD -- A city man with a criminal history has pleaded not guilty to drug and assault charges for allegedly having crack cocaine packaged for sale in his pocket in July while being arrested after a domestic dispute.
Jamel Robinson, 30, of Courtland Place, was heard threatening a 25-year-old woman and was seen straddling her as she lay on the floor of their apartment during a reported domestic disturbance the night of July 19, police said. The woman did not give a statement to investigators or seek a restraining order.
After Robinson's arrest, police said they found $585 in cash in his pocket, along with five pieces of crack cocaine packaged for sale and two cellphones. He told police the crack was for personal use.
Robinson, appearing with his attorney, Marc C. Vincelette Sr., pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday to felony second offense possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and misdemeanor assault and battery.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Mary-Elizabeth Mack did not request bail in the case. Judge John A. Agostini released Robinson on personal recognizance. He is due back in court for a pretrial hearing Jan. 15.
Robinson's previous drug conviction stemmed from a fender-bender in downtown Great Barrington in May 2010. When police responded to the accident they allegedly found about 105 grams of cocaine, 10 ecstasy pills, four prescription pills, measuring scales, a small amount of marijuana and $100 in dollar bills inside the car.
A second suspect in that case, James Killins, 29, of Pittsfield, was also arrested in relation to the incident. He allegedly scuffled with police and fled on foot. He was later arrested in Alford, according to police at the time. Both later pleaded guilty to various drug charges and were sentenced to two years and a day each at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.