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Southampton Blotter: Drug arrests on Old Quogue Road in Riverside

09/10/2017 5:52 AM |

Three men who were found sleeping in a car parked in Riverside last Monday were arrested on drug charges, according to a Southampton Town police report.

Authorities approached the vehicle parked on Old Quogue Road after they spotted a glass pipe outside the driver’s-side door. They also found another pipe on the rear seat, which police said tested positive for cocaine.

Shareem Giles, 46, of Riverhead; Cleveland Griffin, 49, of Flanders; and Jamar Newkirk, 21, of Calverton were charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, officials said.

• Luis Benitez, 28, of Eastport was caught with THC in a vape pen and marijuana in his vehicle’s middle console during a traffic stop last Tuesday on Pine Street in Riverside, police said. He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, officials said.

• Ceferino Ortiz, 29, of Flanders was arrested on a drug charge Monday after police observed him leaving a “known drug location” on Old Quogue Road in Riverside and throwing crack cocaine to the ground as officers approached him, the report states. He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said.

• Adam Tatum, 51, of Riverside was charged with criminal mischief with intent to damage property and petit larceny last Wednesday after he reportedly stole power tools and damaged the rear door of a vehicle, police said.

• A Southampton Town parks department employee reported last Monday that someone stole a leaf blower from the back of his truck while he was mowing the grass at Ludlum Avenue Park, officials said. The employee told police he did not see anyone take it, but noticed a vehicle leaving the parking lot, police said. Authorities checked the area with no results, the report states. No other details about the incident were available.

• A Flanders homeowner reported last Thursday that a front window of his home was smashed overnight, police said. A burglary had previously been reported at the residence, according to police.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

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