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Cops: Flanders man arrested in East End Drugs Task Force raid

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An East End Drugs Task Force raid in Flanders Friday netted a single arrest on drug possession and endangering the welfare of a child charges, according to a police news release.

Authorities also found scales, packaging material, quantities of marijuana and cash in the search, Southampton Town police said.

According to police, police with the EEDTF, Southampton Town police and Suffolk County’s K-9 unit searched a home on Glen Avenue. Local civics groups Flanders-Riverside-Northampton Civic Association and the Bayview Pines Civic Association had complained of more people hanging around the area, and at that home in particular.

After an investigation, the EEDTF searched the house Friday morning after it obtained a search warrant, police said.

Police said one man who lived in the house, 33-year-old Robert Bale, was arrested at the scene and charged with third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a felony, and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in Southampton Town court Friday, police said.

FRNCA president Vince Taldone said neighbors had been concerned about the property for a while.

“They’re all thrilled,” he said. “I’m just glad [the EEDTF] did that operation because people were just so torn up about it … It’s just such a relief for that entire neighborhood.”