A Westford man was arrested on Thanksgiving on a sealed indictment warrant of arrest for allegedly possessing more than a half-ounce of non-prescribed Hydrocodone in June, according to a recent release from the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office.

Crispin Koren, Jr., 30, was charged Thursday with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, according to the release.

In June, Koren, Jr. was on misdemeanor probation for a previous seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction when he apparently brought the non-prescribed Hydrocodone pills to a visit with his probation officer, the release said.

After inspecting the medications, Probation Officer Christopher Farrell discovered that the tablets in Koren, Jr.’s possession were not the Hydrocodone pills that had been previously prescribed to him, the release said. Farrell contacted Sheriff’s Office investigators, who assisted with the investigation.

Several days later, Koren, Jr. admitted to probation officers and investigators that he was trying to deceive his probation officer with the different manufacture but same dosage of Hydrocodone tablets, the release said. He was then sentenced by Town of Worcester Judge William J. Fisher to nine months in the Otsego County Correctional Facility on the misdemeanor violation of probation.

In November, the case was presented to the Otsego County Grand Jury and Koren, Jr was indicted on the fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance charge, the release said.

Koren, Jr was held in the Otsego County Correctional Facility until Monday morning, when he was arraigned by County Court Judge John F. Lambert. He was sent him back to the correctional facility on $5,000 bail or $50,000 bond returnable next Monday in County Court, the release said.

If convicted Koren, Jr. faces up to five-and-a-half years in prison, according to the release. District Attorney John M. Muehl is prosecuting the case.  

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