NORWICH – Randy R. Buck, Jr., 27, Sherburne, was charged with the class B felony of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, the class E felony of tampering with physical evidence, and the class A misdemeanor of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.
It is alleged Buck knowingly and unlawfully possessed a narcotic drug with the intent to sell it. Buck allegedly possessed six glassine envelopes containing heroin and intentionally prevented the production of evidence by tossing two bags of heroin out of a car window.
Buck pleaded not guilty to all counts.
District Attorney Joseph McBride said to Judge Frank B. Revoir, Jr., “The defendant has been arrested 14 times and is being charged with tampering with physical evidence, which is a serious charge. He is facing substantial jail time. We would request bail be set at 25,000 dollars.”
“He has always made his court appearances,” said Buck's public defender, Linden Summers.
“In the local courts, he has always been released on his own recognizance, and he was released on his own recognizance when he was arraigned for these charges. He was charged with a felony in the local court, for reasons I still do not know. And for reasons I still do not know, the D.A. charged him with criminal possession,” added Summers.
“He is involved with a known drug dealer. ... He is in the business of helping a drug dealer sell a narcotic,” said McBride in response to Summers.
Buck looked as if he was about to protest and his lawyer told him not to say anything.
“He allegedly threw out a few packets of heroin. Someone else was driving and said 'here,' and he threw it out the window. That’s what’s alleged here,” said Summers to Revoir.
Summers also said that Buck has a job doing construction work for someone. The man Buck worked for stood up in the back of the courtroom and told the Judge they were working on a house together.
Revoir then asked the ATI Coordinator, who was present, if he had worked with Buck before. He said he had worked with him briefly through city court.
Revoir then asked McBride what some of Buck's prior charges and convictions were and whether or not there were any felonies.