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

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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…)

10/30/14 2:00pm
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• A Northampton man was arrested as part of an undercover narcotics investigation. He’s facing several charges in relation to selling cocaine in Northampton, Southampton Town police said.

Tyrone Ligon, 43, of Birch Court was arrested at his home Friday afternoon as a result of a long-term investigation by members of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s East End Drug Task Force, which uses officers from various East End departments to conduct undercover narcotics investigations.

Mr. Ligon is accused of making drug sales on July 17, 2013, July 25, 2013, Aug. 23, 2013, Oct. 14, 2013, and Nov. 19, 2013, all in Northampton, according to police.

He was charged with five counts of second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, which is a Class A-II felony carrying a penalty of up to eight years in jail.

• A Riverhead man was pulled over for a loud exhaust and was eventually arrested on marijuana charges, as an officer smelled more than just the car exhaust, according to police.

Brian Stokley, 29, of Fanning Boulevard was pulled over for the exhaust noise at the intersection of County Road 105 and Flanders Road Friday afternoon when an officer noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the car, according to police. After a search of the vehicle, the officer found a plastic container with nine Ziploc bags containing more than an ounce of marijuana.

Mr. Stokley was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and with vehicle and traffic violations for the loud muffler and exhaust, police said.

@ALL_Endnote:Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

02/19/14 2:15pm
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PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | District attorney Thomas Spota points to the suspects arrested in a heroin trafficking ring at a press conference Wednesday.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | District attorney Thomas Spota points to the suspects arrested in a heroin trafficking ring at a press conference Wednesday.

A collaboration between police forces has broken up a massive heroin ring that ferried a “pure, strong and very sought-after” brand of the drug to Riverhead from East Harlem, authorities said.  (more…)

02/18/14 10:19pm
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(File photo by Jennifer Gustavson)

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota. (File photo by Jennifer Gustavson)

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota is expected to announce details tomorrow about an East End Drug Task Force bust involving five Riverhead men dealing heroin stamped with the word “Hollywood,” according to a press release.

(more…)

11/26/13 9:35am
11/26/2013 9:35 AM
COURTESY PHOTO | Faustino Juarez Jr was arrested last Friday by the East End Drug Task Force

COURTESY PHOTO | Faustino Juarez Jr was arrested last Friday by the East End Drug Task Force

District Attorney Thomas Spota’s office released more details on the case of an alleged “substantial” drug dealer Tuesday morning, saying the Flanders man who was arrested last Friday at his home on Riverside Avenue possessed 400 grams of cocaine, a bundle of heroin, over $20,000 in cash, and a pair of handguns when the East End Drug Task Force raided the home last week.

According to Mr. Spota, 30-year-old Faustino Juarez Jr. had already served time for attempted possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance —  all on separate occasions.

He was last incarcerated from April 2010 to April 2012 before finishing his parole supervision earlier this year.

The DA described Mr. Juarez as a “very active drug dealer in the community, a defendant with an extensive criminal history who had a loaded weapon and another handgun in his house.”

Mr. Juarez was arrested by members of the East End Drug Task Force – a multi-jurisdictional investigative unit that include detectives from several departments and agencies on town, county and state levels.

“The task force entered 63 Riverside Drive and secured the cocaine, arrested the suspect and found the handguns, a .9 millimeter and a loaded .32 revolver and one bundle of heroin,” Mr. Spota said. “That’s one gram of heroin divided in 10 bags and packaged for street sale.”

Mr. Juarez’ case is currently being reviewed by a grand jury.

He was initially charged last week with three counts of felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of weapons possession, one count of misdemeanor drug possession and two counts of using drug paraphernalia as a result of the bust, according to the report.

Mr. Juarez was also charged with five counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in relation to five separate incidents dating back to February, including a class A1 felony for distributing more than 2 oz. of drugs, police said.

Mr. Spota said on Tuesday morning that Mr. Juarez has pleaded not guilty and is being held at county jail without bail.

11/25/13 12:34pm
11/25/2013 12:34 PM

A 30-year-old Flanders man described by police as a “substantial” narcotics dealer in Southampton Town is facing more than a dozen drug and weapons charges after he was arrested in an East End Drugs Task Force bust Friday.

Faustino Juarez Jr. is being held without bail at Suffolk County jail following the raid, where police discovered a “large quantity” of cocaine and heroin at his home on Riverside Avenue just after 6 a.m., authorities said.

The search warrant, part of a months-long investigation into Mr. Juarez, also turned up cash, drug paraphernalia and two handguns, according to a three-page long Southampton Town arrest report.

Mr. Juarez was charged with three counts of felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of weapons possession, one count of misdemeanor drug possession and two counts of using drug paraphernalia as a result of the bust, according to the report.

Mr. Juarez was also charged with five counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance over five separate incidents dating back to February, including a class A1 felony for distributing more than 2 oz. of drugs, police said.

The man — whose occupation was listed as “narcotics dealer” in the report — was arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court following his arrest. He is due back in court on Sept. 27.

Check back with the Riverhead News-Review as more information becomes available.

psquire@timesreview.com

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05/16/13 8:33pm
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WITNESS COURTESY PHOTO | Police storm a work van during Tuesday's drug bust outside Laundry Palace near Route 58 in Riverhead.

COURTESY PHOTO | Police storm a work van during Tuesday’s drug bust outside Laundry Palace on Harrison Avenue near Route 58 in Riverhead.

East End Drug Task Force officers arrested two men on heroin and cocaine charges during a drug bust at a Riverhead laundromat Tuesday evening, police said.

Michael Bale, 47, of Aquebogue, and James Liggon, 56, of Shirley, were pulled from a van and arrested about 6:45 p.m. outside Laundry Palace on Harrison Avenue near Route 58, according to police and witness reports.

A witness to the bust, who asked that he not be identified, described the drama that occurred in the laundromat parking lot.

“I was loading my laundry into the car and an undercover officer came up to the van [the suspects were in] and knocked on the door,” the witness said. “Four cop cars came in and surrounded [the driver] from both sides of the parking lot,”

“They got the guy out of the van asked him, ‘Where the are drugs?’” he continued. “And nothing was said, that I heard.”

Mr. Liggon is being charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling heroin, town police said.

He is also charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after being found with more than 500 milligrams of cocaine; and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having heroin, police said.

Mr. Bale is being charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after being found with both heroin and cocaine, according to a report. He was also charged with third-degree burglary in connection with a prior incident for breaking into a barn, forcing a door open and removing tools in March, police said.

The two men were arraigned Wednesday morning and are being held without bail, police said.

Both men are due back in court Monday, police said.

The witness reported it was a Mastercraft Painting and Power Washing van that police targeted. The van is also visible in a short video the witnesses provided to the newspaper that was not published.

Representatives for the company were not available for comment.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s East End Drug Task Force comprises police from across East End police departments and the DA’s office.

cmiller@timesreview.com