Fourteen people were arrested and charged at Riverhead Police Headquarters in connection with an investigation by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s East End Drug Task Force, according to police and court records.
As of now, authorities are declining to say what kind of drugs were involved or to give any additional details on the arrests, citing an ongoing investigation, but they do plan to make an announcement sometime early next week, said a spokesman for District Attorney Thomas Spota.
It is not clear if these arrests are related to the 23 people who were recently arrested in connection with a major drug trafficking ring that distributed heroin in neighborhoods throughout Suffolk County.
On Friday, Riverhead Police arrested Carlton Walker, 21, of Westhampton who was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and fourth-degree conspiracy. And Tremaine Kelly was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, police and court reports show.
The following people were also arrested on conspiracy charges Friday: Thomas Lacolla, 22, of Riverhead; Stanley Griffin, 30, of Riverhead; Brian Stokley, 25, of Flanders; Tina Green, 37, of Riverhead; Yolanda Miles, 23, of Riverhead; and Javid Yarsien, 19, of Patchogue.
Then on Monday, Riverhead Police arrested John Gayles, 25, of Riverhead and charged him with second-degree conspiracy, fourth-degree conspiracy, first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, Riverhead Police said.
On Monday police also arrested the following individuals at police headquarters and charged them with second-degree conspiracy:
Grant Carle, 46, of Southampton
Dewayne Butler, 26, of Amityville
Kyle Harris, 47, of Riverhead
Allen Brown Jr., 19, of Southold
Mark Butler AKA Abdur Sabur 36, Mastic Beach
The East End Drug Task Force is made up of police from East End town and village departments as well as district attorney investigators.
It’s overseen by the DA’s office.