$300,000 bail for Medina man facing drug, tampering charges

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 February 2017 at 2:40 pm

MEDINA – Orleans County Court Judge James Punch set bail at $300,000 for a Medina man facing drug, conspiracy and tampering charges.

Gary L. Bonk, 40, of North Gravel Road was arraigned in County Court on Monday.

Bonk and two others were to be arraigned on Monday. One of the defendants, Robert Fearby, didn’t show up and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Victor Orr, 38, of Medina was fully arraigned after a Jan. 17 court appearance when Punch set bail at $200,000.

Orr was arrested on Dec. 9 after he allegedly disposed of a cardboard box with controlled substances in a nearby creek. He also allegedly removed controlled substances (drugs) from a safe and put them in the Erie Canal, according to Susan Howard, the assistant district attorney.

Orrr on Monday was arraigned on charges of tampering with physical evidence and conspiracy in the fifth degree.

Fearby and Bonk also face the same conspiracy and tampering charges, according to the DA’s office.

Bonk has more serious charges because he allegedly had the drugs that were disposed of. Bonk also was arraigned on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, one count of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, one count of criminally using drug paraphernalia.

Howard said Bonk has four prior felonies. Bonk’s attorney, Mark Lewis, said Bonk is a lifelong local resident with four children. Lewis asked for “reasonable bail,” saying Bonk isn’t a flight risk.

“He’s been a life-long criminal in the community,” Punch said in setting bail for Bonk. “His record is remarkably bad.”

Bonk and Orr both pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday.

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