A traffic stop led to the arrest of two people in a large drug bust Tuesday, Southampton Town police said.
A Greenport man and Flanders woman, both passengers in the vehicle, were found to be in possession of heroin with an intent to sell it, police said. The woman, Aubrey Fauvell-Thomas, 35, was found to have 49 glassine envelopes containing heroin, 7.8 grams of powder cocaine, 47 grams of crack cocaine, Suboxone, a digital scale and money, police said.
Terrence Smith, 35, also had heroin on him, police said, in addition to marijuana, prescription narcotics, a large amount of money and packaging materials commonly used to sell narcotics, police said.
A community response unit originally stopped the vehicle at 6:45 p.m. for a traffic violation, police said. The car did not have a license plate. The officers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. When the police interviewed the passengers, they discovered the drugs, police said.
The driver of the vehicle, Scott Wilcox, 47, of Hampton Bays was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, police said. He also had an active bench warrant from Southampton Town Justice Court.
Ms. Fauvell-Thomas faces three felonies: third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell; criminal possession of a controlled substance/narcotic; and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said. She also faces two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, police said. Those are all misdemeanors.
Mr. Smith faces a felony charge of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, police said.
All the suspects were held overnight for arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court.
Last year, Ms. Fauvell-Thomas pleaded guilty to petit larceny and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, according to a prior Riverhead Town Justice Court Report. In 2014, Mr. Smith was arrested for being in possession of crack cocaine, according to a prior News-Review article. Mr. Wilcox was arrested in October for aggravated unlicensed operation, according to a prior News-Review article.
Earlier this month, Southampton Chief Robert Pearce spoke at the Bay View Pines Civic and Taxpayers Association meeting and outlined some of the success the community response unit has had in the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton areas.
Photo Caption: Terrence Smith and Aubrey Fauvell-Thomas. (Credit: Southampton Police)