Testimony continues in Gonzalez trial

NORWICH – The jury case in Chenango County Court continues this week involving Jose Iran Gonzalez, 48, of New Berlin who was originally arrested in Oct. 1, 2014 by the Norwich Police Department.

It is alleged that at approximately 1:34 a.m. on Oct. 1 at the Howard Johnson's Hotel parking lot, located at 75 N. Broad St. in the City of Norwich, Gonzalez did knowingly and unlawfully possess 45 envelopes containing the narcotic drug heroin and 10 oblong white tablets marked “176” containing the narcotic drug dihydrocodeinone with acetaminophen, with the intent to sell.

This arrest stemmed from an alert, which was put out by the New Berlin Police Department for a stolen vehicle.

It is also alleged that when the vehicle was located in the Howard Johnson's parking lot that there was another individual inside the vehicle. Gonzalez was not in the vehicle when the car was approached but was found nearby.

Gonzalez, then 47, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony; possession with intent to sell; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor; and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Opening statements and witness testimonies were finally heard on Thursday Sept. 10, following a prolonged attempt to fill the 14-jury seats.

Following the opening statements and hearing the testimony of the first witness which was Norwich Police Officer Thomas Miller, fellow employee NPD Officer Ryan Legacy was called to the witness stand by the prosecution.

After swearing Legacy in to speak truthfully under oath, Thomas Bowen for the prosecution began by asking some basic questions involving his employment, before digging deeper into the night in question, Oct. 1, 2014.

Legacy gave his account of the night, which matched Miller’s account very closely.

Legacy noted, “When we placed him into custody, he was a little tense, only a bit of struggle.”

“Have you dealt with people who have been high before, how many times?” asked Bowen.

“Yes I have, probably hundreds of times,” answered Legacy.

“Did he appear to be high when you arrested him?” said Bowen.

“No he did not,” replied Legacy.

To which Bowen asked, “Are you familiar with heroin paraphernalia?

Legacy replied, “Yes I am, they usually have spoons or a syringe.”

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