DA: Three Riverhead men plead guilty in drug cases

03/30/2012 4:00 PM |

Three Riverhead men indicted last year for their roles in an East End drug ring — including a former Riverhead schools janitor — pleaded guilty to lesser charges during court appearances this week.

Ramon “Pamp” Overton, an alleged street-level dealer, plead guilty to a felony third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance charge Thursday, said District Attorney spokesman Bob Clifford.

Troy “Troy-T” Trent, who worked at Pulaski Street School as a janitor, and Joseph “Slick” Gilliam,  pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree conspiracy charges on Monday and Thursday respectively.

Both were originally indicted on second-degree conspiracy charges last February after a year-long investigation by the East End Drug Task Force. Mr. Overton was indicted on more than a dozen charges last year, including 10 felonies, after the same investigation.

Investigators said Mr. Trent and Mr. Gilliam sold powdered and crack cocaine to Mr. Overton.

Mr. Overton will be sentenced May 24, and will serve three-and-a-half years in prison with one-and-a-half years of post-release supervision, a more rigorous probation, Mr. Clifford said.

Both Mr. Trent and Mr. Gilliam will serve one year of interim probation, Mr. Clifford said. As part of their year-long probation, both men cannot be arrested or test positive for drugs, Mr. Clifford said, or they will face possible jail time.

Mr. Trent will be formally sentenced on March 26, 2013 and Mr. Gilliam will be sentenced March 29, 2013.

Mr. Trent was also arrested after an alleged drunk driving accident last March.

Police said Mr. Trent was involved in a single-vehicle crash on Northville Turnpike and fled the scene on foot early March 6, 2011 . He was found by police shortly after the accident and was charged with DWI and leaving the scene of an accident, police said.

He was then barred from all Riverhead School District grounds and resigned from his position at Pulaski Street School last June.

psquire@timesreview.com

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