05/14/15 12:26pm
05/14/2015 12:26 PM
Jeffrey Pittman and Rasheed Manuel. (Courtesy RHPD)

Jeffrey Pittman and Rasheed Manuel. (Courtesy RHPD)

Three men arrested as part of a drug bust on Third Street Wednesday night were held in county jail after their arraignments in Riverhead Town Court Thursday morning.

While two of the men faced felony charges for drug possession, the third — a Coram man charged with a misdemeanor for loitering — protested his arrest. (more…)

05/14/15 7:19am
Jeffrey Pittman and Rasheed Manuel. (Courtesy RHPD)

Jeffrey Pittman and Rasheed Manuel. (Courtesy RHPD)

In the wake of a rash of crimes downtown over the past week, an East End Drug Task Force bust on Third Street resulted in the arrest of four men and one woman on Wednesday.

Police said “numerous neighborhood complaints about illegal narcotic activity” had been filed, resulting in an investigation and the recovery of heroin, crack and MDMA which were taken yesterday around 4:45 p.m.  (more…)

04/01/15 1:00pm
04/01/2015 1:00 PM
Arrested Tuesday afternoon were (from left): Justin Benkov, Bryant Smith and Michael Barry. (Credit: Riverhead police)

Arrested Tuesday afternoon were (from left): Justin Benkov, Bryant Smith and Michael Barry. (Credit: Riverhead police)

Three men tried to flee police as the East End Drug Task Force descended on a Riverhead home to execute a search warrant Tuesday afternoon, Riverhead Town police said.  (more…)

02/27/15 10:18pm
02/27/2015 10:18 PM
(Credit: Google Maps)

(Credit: Google Maps)

Two men were arrested on a slew of drug charges after police executed a search warrant at a house in Riverhead Friday afternoon, authorities said.

The 2 p.m. raid at 17 Wilson Avenue in the Millbrook Gables neighborhood off East Main Street came as part of an East End Drug Task Force investigation into alleged drug sales at the residence, Riverhead Town police said.

Darius Mims

Darius Mims

Police arrested Robert Mahoney, 26, and Darius Mims, 24, who live at the house, and recovered unspecified quantities of crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, the painkiller suboxone and cash, police said.

Task force members were assisted by town police, county police and sheriff’s deputies, including two K-9 units.

Mr. Mahoney was also arrested as part of a task force investigation in 2012.

Friday’s raid comes just weeks after another East End Drug Task Force search warrant was executed at an Oakland Drive North house in Riverhead.

The arrest of Darius Strong, 35, at that house was the latest in an East End Drug Task Force investigation that stretched back to May 2013 and netted over a dozen arrests thus far — with more expected.

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Mr. Mahoney was charged Friday with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance — one with intent to sell — two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia for scales and packaging materials, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Mr. Mims was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance — one with intent to sell — two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia for scales and packaging materials, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Robert Mahoney

Robert Mahoney

The district attorney’s East End Drug Task Force is made up of DA investigators and police personnel from the East End town and villages police departments, as well as state police, members of the Suffolk County Police Department, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, the county Department of Probation, Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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02/12/15 8:00am
02/12/2015 8:00 AM
Police raid 29 Lewis Street in the Millbrook Gables section of Riverhead Nov. 13. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Police raid 29 Lewis Street in the Millbrook Gables section of Riverhead Nov. 5. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Four children were living in the Oakland Drive North home when a team of police, including K-9 units, came looking for Darius Strong last Wednesday and hauled the 35-year-old off in handcuffs.

The police, working with the East End Drug Task Force, also found heroin, cocaine, oxycodone pills, ammunition and a loaded 9 mm pistol in the raid. The ammo was found in a child’s room, not too far from the unsecured handgun, said Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

“I don’t know what could have happened if one of those kids got that gun,” he said.

“The ammunition was in one of the boys’ bedrooms,” further explained a high-ranking officer in the task force, who asked that his name not be printed due to the sensitivity of his investigative work. “The gun was outside the bedroom, in a closet crawl space.”

Mr. Strong, an ex-con who had just gotten off parole, is now facing a slew of drugs, weapons and child endangerment charges. His lawyer declined to comment for this story.

His arrest is the latest in an East End Drug Task Force investigation that stretches back to May 2013 and has netted over a dozen arrests thus far — with more expected.  (more…)

02/12/15 7:59am
The house at 29 Lewis Street remains boarded up three months after the raid. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The house at 29 Lewis Street remains boarded up three months after the raid. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Breaking up an open-air drug market might spell relief for the afflicted neighborhood, but it is nothing like ridding a country of an occupying foreign force.

The relief is only temporary, especially in low-income areas.

As long as there are jobless high school dropouts, there will be more gang members and drug dealers ready to take the place of those serving time upstate. Indeed, it seems as if every two to three years the district attorney announces another big bust of a group of people ferrying illegal narcotics from NYC to Riverhead.  (more…)

11/10/14 1:11pm
11/10/2014 1:11 PM
Cops executed a search warrant at this Pine Court property in Northampton on Friday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Cops executed a search warrant at this Pine Court property in Northampton on Friday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A third East End Drug Task Force raid Friday netted two arrests on felony drug sales and possession charges in Northampton, according to a Southampton Town police report.

The search warrant was executed at a property on Pine Court at 6:20 a.m., only a few minutes after authorities searched two other properties in Riverhead on Doctors Path and Union Avenue and arrested six people.

The three search warrants came two day after another property in Riverhead was also searched by members of several police agencies working with the task force.Authorities have not yet said whether the four all raids were related, though a police report out of Southampton Town states the Northampton arrests came as the result of a “long term investigation.”

Southampton Town police declined to provide further details about the investigations, referring all questions to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

ROMAINE HOPKINS

ROMAINE HOPKINS

QUANDOL LEWIS

QUANDOL LEWIS

The DA’s spokesperson could not be reached for comment. (more…)

11/06/14 5:25pm
Several agencies helped with the search warrant execution on Lewis Street in Riverhead. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Several law enforcement agencies assisted with a search warrant execution on Lewis Street in Riverhead Wednesday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A Rochester man — one of three people arrested during Wednesday afternoon’s raid in Riverhead — is facing charges for drug possession and fleeing police related to an October traffic stop, according to town court records.

The property on Lewis Street, owned by a former attorney for the Town of Southold, has also been boarded up by Riverhead code enforcement after finding unsafe conditions inside. The homeowner told the News-Review that he had “lost track” of the property after a “rental situation went bad” and commended Riverhead Town for addressing the situation. (more…)