NORWICH – A young Bronx man, who was arrested at the Norwich Motor Lodge for allegedly possessing crack and thousands of dollars from crack sales and later at the Howard Johnson Hotel for allegedly selling crack again, was sentenced to prison on Feb. 13 in Chenango County Court.
Last year on April 1, 2014, 18-year-old Noel Budram from the Bronx was arrested following a “no knock” search warrant at 1:45 p.m at the Norwich Motor Lodge.
Chenango County Sheriff's Office and Norwich Police Department executed the search after a lengthy investigation into local crack sales.
Authorities said Budram was in possession of seven baggies of crack cocaine with the aggregate weight of three to four grams and $2,400 in cash related to sales of crack.
He was charged with the class B felony of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. He was later released.
A couple months later on June 10, 2014, Budram and 20-year-old William Rochez, also from the Bronx, were arrested at 4:13 p.m. for possessing 15 baggies of crack – worth approximately $800 – at the Howard Johnson Hotel.
Authorities said Rochez and Budram intended to sell the crack, and Rochez said the crack was selling for $50 a rock.
NPD arrested the young men following a complaint that the hotel hallway smelled of marijuana, which led officers to check Rochez's hotel room.
Budram and Rochez were remanded to the county jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.
Rochez was arraigned on Dec. 5, 2014 for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony; criminal nuisance in the first degree, a class E felony; and criminal impersonation in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. His case is still pending.