Bronx man sentenced to one year for selling crack

NORWICH – A Bronx man pleaded guilty to selling crack with his cousin out of the a hotel in Norwich and was sentenced to prison on March 6 in Chenango County Court.

William Rochez, 20, Bronx, was arraigned on Dec. 5, 2014 for the charges of 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.

It is alleged, June 10, 2014 at 4:13 p.m. in Room 123 at the Howard Johnson Hotel located on 75 North Broad St. in the City of Norwich, Rochez – while acting in concert with his 18-year-old cousin, Noel Budram of the Bronx – did knowingly and unlawfully possess 15 individually wrapped plastic bag corner wraps of the narcotic drug cocaine, which he intended to sell.

It is also alleged Rochez did knowingly and unlawfully allow individuals to gather in his hotel room for the purpose of engaging in unlawful sales of controlled substances. Rochez allegedly did benefit monetarily from the controlled substance transactions that took place.

When uniformed police officers asked Rochez his name, he allegedly gave the false name of “Jordan Collins” to avoid being arrested on an active warrant out of the New York City Police Department.

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