For Immediate Release - July 08, 2010

Topsfield Man Pleads Not Guilty To Drug Charges

Nicholas Uchenick, 24, of 217 Rowley Bridge Road, Topsfield, who allegedly had several pounds of drugs shipped to his home, pleaded not guilty today in Ipswich District Court to charges of possession of Class D marijuana with intent to distribute, distribution of Class C hash oil, and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute.

Judge Allen Swan set bail at $10,000 cash, which the defendant posted. The judge gave Uchenick a bail warning and ordered him to return to court on September 9 for a pre-trial hearing. A bail warning means that if the defendant gets into any further legal trouble while this case is pending, he could be held without bail for up to 60 days.

Uchenick was arrested yesterday morning at his residence as the result of a cooperative investigation by the Topsfield Police, United States Postal Service, and State Police detectives assigned to the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.

Detectives suspected that a four-pound package of high-grade marijuana was being delivered to Uchenick's residence yesterday, so police obtained an anticipatory search warrant. When the warrant was served police discovered the marijuana, hash oil, some of which was in edible form, and drug paraphernalia, which included pipes and bongs.

Uchenick is represented by Attorney John Andrews. Police Prosecutor Sgt. Richard Lebel represented the Commonwealth at arraignment.

Possession of Class D with intent to distribute carries a maximum sentence of 2 ½ years in jail; possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute carries up to 2 years in jail; and Distribution of Class C carries up to 2 ½ years in jail.