LACONIA — New England Patriots safety Patrick C. Chung is scheduled to be in Belknap Superior Court next Wednesday to be arraigned on a charge of cocaine possession.
A Belknap County grand jury indicted Chung, 32, on the charge on Aug. 8.
A highly placed law enforcement source confirmed the person indicted and the football player are the same person.
Chung “did possess or have under his control a quantity of the controlled substance cocaine” on June 25 in Meredith, according to the indictment. When asked for a booking photo, Meredith Police Chief Kevin Morrow said Chung “was not arrested and there is no photo to provide.”
The details surrounding Chung’s encounter with law enforcement were not clear in the indictment.
A number for Chung’s agent could not be found.
Belknap County Attorney Andrew Livernois, whose office sought the indictment and is prosecuting the case, is on vacation and could not be reached for comment.
The indictment lists Chung – who signed a contract extension in April and has won three Super Bowl rings with the Patriots – as a resident of Meredith.
Town records show that Patrick Chung owns a lakeside residence in Meredith. Court records also list an address on Green St., in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
A court notification form in Chung’s court file states he is scheduled to be arraigned next Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. The form states that defendants are required to appear at their arraignments. However, an attorney could request the arraignment be waived, or an attorney could ask the court for permission to appear in court on a client’s behalf.
The court file lists no attorney as representing Chung.
Calls to the New England Patriots seeking comment Thursday morning were not immediately returned.
Cocaine possession is a Class B felony and carries a potential prison term of 3½ to seven years.
The Jamaican-born Chung first played for the Patriots from 2009 to 2012, and then returned to the team in 2014 after playing one year with the Philadelphia Eagles.