Two men charged with felony drug possession and intent to sell drugs are being held on bail following their arraignment in Riverhead Town Justice Court Saturday morning.
Rakeem Miles, 23, and Rayquann Houpe, 26, are each being held on $50,000 bail and are due back in court Monday, according to Town Justice Allen Smith.
Both men were charged with two counts of intent to sell heroin and cocaine, in addition to the charges originally released by police that were levied on the two: two counts each of criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of criminally using drug paraphernalia. Mr. Houpe and Mr. Miles pleaded not guilty to all charges.
According to the New York State Department of Corrections, Mr. Houpe was just recently released on parole on July 28 after serving a three-month stint a drug treatment program in Seneca County. He had been convicted of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.
Mr. Miles, dressed in a red t-shirt, black pants and neon yellow knee high socks, also has a warrant for his arrest in North Carolina.
Dressed in a gray t-shirt and khaki shorts, Mr. Hope was seen talking to his girlfriend as he entered and left the courtroom. Mr. Miles also spoke with his father in the courtroom about his arrest.
Both defense attorneys pointed out the fact that the men had family and friends in attendance when bail was being set. Mr. Hope’s lawyer asked for bail to be set at $500. Mr. Miles’ attorney didn’t ask for a set price. No one from the district attorney’s office was present.
ORIGINAL STORY: Riverhead resident Rakeem Miles, 23, and 26-year-old Rayquann Houpe of Middle Island were arrested and each charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally using drug paraphernalia.
The arrests were made around 6:30 p.m., though no other details were available. The two are expected to be arraigned this morning in Riverhead Town Justice Court.
The East End Drug Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional drug enforcement unit funded by the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota. The task force includes detectives, police officers and law enforcement personnel from a variety of local, state and federal agencies.
Caption: Rakeem Miles and Rayquann Houpe. (Courtesy RPD)