08/05/11 12:55pm
08/05/2011 12:55 PM

Following up on reports of drug sales at a house on Sandy Beach Road in Greenport, Southold Police and the East End Drug Task Force arrested two men on a number of felony charges following an early morning raid Friday, police said.

Police report recovering a substantial amount of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and cash. The Suffolk County Police emergency unit and the Suffolk Sheriff’s canine squad took part in the raid.

David Carey, 42, was held without bail following his arraignment in Southold Justice Court on two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and one count of criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

Police said Mr. Carey, a convicted felon still under parole supervision, was found in possession of a shotgun. As a felon he cannot legally own firearms and so also faces one count of criminal possession of a weapon, fourth degree, police said.

The second suspect, John Capuano, 63, was also charged with two felony counts of criminal possession and one count of drup paraphernalia and held on $20,000 bail.

Police did not release their places of residence.

07/05/11 7:28pm
07/05/2011 7:28 PM

An ongoing joint investigation into local drug trafficking by Southold Police and the East End Drug Task Force led to three more arrests in late June, police said.

Anthony Ellis, 24, of Sigsbee Road in Mattituck was arrested near his home on June 21 and charged with multiple drug possession charges, including two felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police said Mr. Ellis, who police said had a quantity of the prescription drug Xanax at the time of his arrest, was selling drugs in the Riverhead area.

Police arrested Frederick Douglas Grace, 22, of Linnett Street in Greenport on June 28 on a felony charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance, third degree. Mr. Grace was found with a “substantial sum of money” when he was arrested on Third Street in Greenport, said police. He is accused of dealing in crack cocaine.

On June 29 the drug task force charged Sonny Brown Jr. of Patchogue and formerly of Greenport with distributing heroin across the East End.

Mr. Brown was in the custody of the Suffolk County Sheriff on an unrelated charge at the time of his arrest, said police. He faces two felony counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, third degree and remains in custody.

Funded by the district attorney’s office, the drug task force includes officers from the state and county police, the Sheriff’s department and several East End town and village police forces.

Last month the task force arrested several suspected Greenport narcotics dealers and a Shirley resident who police said sold heroin. One of the suspects was said possess 650 packets of heroin targeted for sale in Greenport.

06/17/11 3:07pm
06/17/2011 3:07 PM

A slew of suspected Greenport narcotics dealers and a Shirley resident who police said trafficked in heroin were arrested during the past two weeks following an investigation by  Southold Town Police and the East End Drug Task Force, police said.

Police said one of the suspects was found with 650 packets of heroin and was bringing the drug to Greenport for distribution. The charges are a mix of felonies and misdemeanors.

On June 3, police executed a search warrant at the Broad Street, Greenport home of Jeffrey Jackson, 48, setting off a series of events that led to the arrest of Mr. Jackson and seven other suspected drug dealers. Investigators reportedly found heroin, cocaine and marijuana, according to police.

Mr. Jackson was charged with third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, narcotic criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree for using drug scales in his home, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Police also seized a “substantial amount of cash,” according to reports.

Mr. Jackson was arraigned in Southold Town Justice Court and held on $52,000 cash bail.

On June 14, police arrested Michael Ragone, 21, of Farmvue Road in Mattituck and charged him with criminal sale of marijuana in the third degree. His bail was set at $1,000 cash.

On June 15, Leon Creighton and Peter Griffin of Greenport, both 39, and Roger Gaud, 40, formerly of Greenport but now of Shirley, were arrested on  several drug charges

Mr. Creighton was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree with intent to sell, narcotic criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree for allegedly using drug scales. He was  held on $101,000 cash bail.

Peter Griffin was charged with both criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree with intent to sell and narcotic criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. He was held on $50,000 cash bail.

Roger Gaud was arrested in Shirley, police said. He was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree with intent to sell.

Also on June 15, Lashawn Lawrence, 27, of Second Street, Greenport was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree. He was ordered held without bail because of numerous prior felony convictions.

On June 17, police executed a search warrant at a Washington Avenue, Greenport residence where cocaine, marijuana and “a substantial sum of cash” were seized, according to police reports. Police arrested Lavain Creighton, 41 and Erica Hansen, 34 at that address and charged both with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and unlawful possession of marijuana.

They also face two counts of unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree and one count of endangering the welfare of a child for “permitting children under the age of 17 to remain upon a premises where drug activity was occurring,” according to police reports.

Bail was set at $6,000 for Mr. Creighton and $1,000 for Ms. Hansen.

03/23/11 5:43pm
03/23/2011 5:43 PM

The East End Drug Task arrested four Greenport residents and a Laurel man Wednesday on a variety of drug trafficking charges.

The four Greenport suspects were taken into custody after police executing a search warrant conducted a pre-dawn raid at a Main Street, Greenport address and found cocaine, marijuana, scales, packaging materials and a large amount of cash, police said.

Arrested were Dacosta Foster Jr..,20; Lashawn Lawrence, 27, and Larencia Lawrence, 60, all of 540 Main Street, Greenport and Winston Simon, 44, of 327 5th Avenue,
Greenport.

Police said Larencia Lawrence was wanted by the NYPD on a bench warrant for possession of gambling records and will be extradited to Manhattan.

The task force conducted a similar raid at a residence on 6th Street in Laurel on Friday, March 11 and also found marijuana, scales, packaging materials a cache of money and an illegal weapon, according to police.

Police subsequently arrested Thomas Ahlers, 20, of 255 6th Street in Laurel, according to the task force.

All were arraigned in Southold Justice Court

The task force launched its investigations in response to complaints from neighboring residents. Officers from the Southold Town Police, Suffolk County Police emergency services unit and the County Sheriff’s canine unit assisted in both cases.

Funded by the county District Attorney’s office, the task force includes police officers and detectives from East End town and village departments, the state and county police, the county probation department and district attorney detectives.