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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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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…)

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Several agencies helped with the search warrant execution on Lewis Street in Riverhead. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Several agencies helped with the search warrant execution on Lewis Street in Riverhead. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Police arrested an undisclosed number of people in a Wednesday afternoon search warrant that was executed at a house in Riverhead, authorities said. (more…)

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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Medical workers load a dirt bike crash victim into a Medevac helicopter Thursday afternoon.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Medical workers load a dirt bike crash victim into a Medevac helicopter Thursday afternoon off Elton Road in Riverhead.

A man was airlifted to an area hospital Thursday afternoon after crashing a dirt bike in woods off East Main Street in Riverhead, officials said.

The man, identified by police as James Bennett of Riverhead, crashed into a tree about 5:10 p.m. in a wooded area just west of the Millbrook Gables neighborhood, south of Route 58, said Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance chief Joseph Oliver.

A Suffolk County Police Department helicopter landed in the parking lot of True Tech Inc., adjacent to the woods, and Mr. Bennett was then transported to Stony Brook University Medical Center.

Mr. Oliver said the victim and other young men were driving vehicles in the woods at the time of the crash. No other injuries were reported.

“As of [Thursday] night he was stable,” Riverhead police Detective David Freeborn said of the victim Friday.

He added that the other people involved, believed to be at least five, fled the area after the crash, leaving Mr. Bennett there, injured.

The bike was gone as well when police arrived.

It’s not known who removed it.

“From what we can tell, they got on the bike and took off,” Det. Freeborn said. “A good Samaritan called 911; the person saw him fly off the bike.”

The decision was made to transport the man via helicopter because of the nature of his head injuries, officials said.

Reached Friday, Ms. Bennett’s mother asked only that people keep her son in their prayers.

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PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead volunteers battle Wednesday morning’s house fire.

Police are investigating a house fire that destroyed a house in Riverhead’s Millbrook Gables neighborhood between East Main Street and Route 58 Wednesday morning.

Arson is not suspected in the fire, police said.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Volunteer firefighters knocked down a house fire in a ranch-style house Wednesday morning in Riverhead.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Volunteer firefighters knocked down a house fire in a one-story house Wednesday morning in Riverhead.

Riverhead volunteers were called to the fire at the one-story house at 79 Phillips Street about 7:30 a.m. No one was home when police and fire crews arrived on the scene, fire officials said.

Flanders firefighters were also called to provide aid as firefighters battled the blaze a few dozen yards from a stolen propane fuel truck that had been parked in the property’s driveway.

Riverhead ambulance volunteers were also on scene as a precaution.

The fire tore through the first floor of the home and spread into the basement, officials said, adding that the house was likely unsalvageable.

“It’s a total loss, I would say,” said Riverhead second assistant fire chief Kevin Brooks at the scene. He declined to comment further because of the ongoing police investigation.

The cause of the fire had not yet been determined, police said. The property was wrapped in caution tape as a Riverhead fire marshal investigated.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | No one was in the house when fire officials arrived on the scene.

Police said the owner of the All Island Fuel truck from Shirley had been notified and was coming to the scene. Riverhead police said the truck had been stolen from within Suffolk County police’s jurisdiction.

A representative for All Island Fuel could not be reached for comment.

According to the tax roll, 79 Phillips Street is owned by 56-year-old Gail Jones who, according to voter records, also lives at that address.

No one was hurt in the fire, fire officials said.

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