More legal trouble for Pulaski Street School janitor

03/08/2011 4:25 PM |


The Riverhead elementary school janitor who was jailed last month for allegedly taking part in a cocaine ring was arrested again this week after Riverhead Police said he crashed his pickup truck while drunk and then fled the scene of the accident.

Police said 41-year-old Troy Trent of Riverhead was involved in a single-vehicle crash on Northville Turnpike early Sunday morning and then took off on foot. But Mr. Trent, who had worked as a janitor at Pulaski Street School, was found soon after and charged with DWI and leaving the scene of an accident, officials said.

The 1994 Chevrolet pickup involved in the crash was impounded by police.

Mr. Trent has not worked as a school janitor since he pleaded not guilty arrest  month on a second-degree conspiracy charge and was released on $25,000 bail.  He was arrested Feb. 4 in an East End Drug Task Force investigation that began in January 2010 and also resulted in the arrests of Joseph “Slick” Gilliam and Ramon “Pamp” Overton, who are also from Riverhead.

Prosecutors said Mr. Trent and Mr. Gilliam would supply powdered and crack cocaine to Mr. Overton, whom they described as a street-level dealer.

Mr. Trent, who prosecutors say went by the street name “Troy-T,” was accused of selling half an ounce of cocaine.

Fred Fisher, Mr. Trent’s Southampton-based lawyer, said Mr. Trent played a small part in the operation.

The investigation did not reveal evidence Mr. Trent sold drugs to students, prosecutors said.

Mr. Trent  has since been barred from all Riverhead School District grounds, school officials said, though he has not been fired.

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