Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Westchester resident for alleged marijuana dealing in Putnam County. Mr. Anthony Bucaj, aged 56, of 58 McGregory Avenue in Bronxville, is facing several felony and misdemeanor charges in the Town of Carmel.
In January, the Town of Kent Police Department, while investigating an unrelated case, developed information that Mr. Bucaj was allegedly dealing drugs in the neighboring Town of Carmel. The Kent PD passed along that information to the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU). The NEU opened an investigation and, consequently, an undercover deputy sheriff made alleged purchases of marijuana from Mr. Bucaj on at least three occasions. On March 22nd, members of the NEU and Kent PD took the subject into custody in the parking lot of a shopping plaza in Carmel.
Mr. Bucaj was charged with three counts of criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree, class A misdemeanors, and three counts of criminal sale of marijuana in the third degree, class E felonies. The defendant was arraigned before Town of Carmel Justice Joseph Spofford and was remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility in lieu of $15,000.00 cash bail or $25,000.00 bail bond, pending a future court date. If found guilty of the felony charges, he could face up to four years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.00 on each count.