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Police: Riverside man allegedly sold heroin linked to overdoses

A Riverside man accused of selling heroin that is believed to be linked with several overdoses within Southampton Town and Suffolk County was arrested on several charges Wednesday following a “lengthy investigation into narcotic sales,” according to Southampton Town police.

Charles Kendall Johnson, 32, was driving on Riverleigh Avenue Wednesday when he did not immediately pull over for police, officials said.

When he finally stopped his car, he “dispensed what was believed to be heroin” out the driver’s side window, “exposing the public and the police officers to serious physical injury,” police said. Two officers exposed to the drug sought medical attention, according to police.

Mr. Johnson was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree reckless endangerment and failure to obey a police officer, police said. There was also a bench warrant out for his arrest, according to police.

He is being held at Suffolk County Jail on $12,500 bail, police said.

The arrest was made as part of the Suffolk County district attorney’s East End Drug Task Force.

Photo credit: Southampton Town police

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