NORWICH – A man facing some of New York’s highest drug charges appeared in court in early December with the support of family and friends, asking the judge for reasonable bail.
Christopher S. Purdy, 40, of 28 Fair St. Apt. 201, Norwich, was arrested Nov. 20 after the Norwich City Police Department allegedly discovered more than $25,000 worth of cocaine hidden in the framework of the car he was driving.
On Dec. 2, Purdy was indicted for first degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A-1 felony by a Chenango County grand jury. He was also indicted for second degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A-II felony.
Class A felonies are the highest felony level crimes in the state and carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Since his arrest, Purdy has remained incarcerated at the Chenango County Correctional Facility because the Norwich City Court, which had prior jurisdiction, lacked the legal power to grant him bail over the high level charges. Norwich City Court Judge James Downey said that according to state law, local courts are prohibited from setting bail in Class A felony cases.