PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man charged with a drug offense in Lenox Sunday morning was held on $10,000 bail Tuesday following his arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court.
Ronald King, 53, of Pond Street, pleaded not guilty to trafficking in heroin and driving with a suspended license.
King was allegedly in possession of 11.3 ounces of heroin with an estimated street value of $6,300 when he was arrested by Lenox police.
After bail was set, District Court Judge Fredric D. Rutberg continued King's case until Thursday when it will be resumed in Southern Berkshire District Court in Great Barrington.
Assistant District Attorney Jason Lederman had asked the court to set bail for King at $50,000 based on the circumstances involved in the case, and the defendant's extensive criminal record, which includes offenses dating back to the 1970s.
According to Lederman, King has a 12 aliases, five different Social Security numbers, has violated his probation three times, and defaulted in court seven times.
Attorney Jessica Byrne, who represents King, said the defendant has five grown children and significant ties to the community. She said the majority of King's previous cases do not involve defaults, and that he hasn't served "significant" jail time in six years.
"Most of his cases are very old," she said.
Byrne asked the court to set bail for King at $2,500, saying that was all the money that his family would be able to afford.