PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield plainclothes police officers stopped three men walking on a city street Wednesday night and charged one of them with possession of cocaine and heroin with the intent to distribute.

Kenneth Rathbun, 51, of South Onota Street, was stopped by officers at the intersection of Francis Avenue and Linden Street at about 8:40 p.m., according to police. The officers had been patrolling the area in unmarked vehicles, according to the criminal complaint.

Rathbun was seen walking with two other men, when the other two sat down at a corner and Rathbun kept going. Police questioned the two men and asked them for identification, according to the criminal complaint. When Rathbun returned to where the two men were being questioned by police, the officers asked him for identification. While he was taking out his ID, police allegedly saw him in possession of a hypodermic needle, according to the complaint.

Police asked to search Rathbun's jacket and allegedly found 10 bags of heroin and one bag of crack cocaine. He was charged with distributing and selling heroin with a prior offense, and a separate charge of distributing and selling cocaine.

Rathbun pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned on those charges Wednesday in Central Berkshire District Court. He was released on $100 bail pending his next court appearance on Jan. 28.

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