Pittsfield police charge Boston pair with having cocaine, heroin


PITTSFIELD -- A pair of Boston men are behind bars accused of trying to sell cocaine and heroin in Pittsfield, the drugs supposedly concealed in one of the suspect's underwear.

Justin James, 40, and Nabika Browne, 29, each must post $15,000 cash bail or $150,000 bond after being arraigned Wednesday on drug charges in connection with a motor vehicle stop Tuesday afternoon on West Street.

Central Berkshire District Court Judge Paul Vrabel ordered the two unemployed suspects held at the Berkshire County House of Correction, pending release on bail or their next district court appearance on Feb. 21.

According to court documents, Pittsfield police, citing probable cause, pulled over a 2013 white Volkswagen driven by James around 3:50 p.m. after spending an hour observing the rental car with New Jersey license plates. James and Browne, his passenger, were immediately taken into custody and a subsequent search of the two men found Browne holding $1,343 in cash. Police frisked James and determined he was hiding something under his clothes.

The two men were brought to police headquarters where James was stripped search, officers finding 42 small bags of powder and crack cocaine, along with 28 bags of heroin, stuffed in his boxer shorts.

Police say the street value of the cocaine is worth up to $2,100; the heroin at $280.

In addition, police found more than 50 missed calls on one of the three suspects' cellphones, all received during and after the two men were arrested. Further more, the mobile phone had five text messages indicating people wanted to buy drugs from the men, according to the police report.

James and Browne each face a charge of possession with intent to sell cocaine, possession with intent to sell heroin and conspiring to violate the state's drug laws.

According court records and James' attorney, Joseph Colonna of Pittsfield, his client has no criminal record. However, Browne has been accused of drug dealing before, being in default on charges in New York State, according the prosecution. Browne was represented in court by Pittsfield lawyer Marc Vincelette.

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