November 29, 2006
Drug Bust in Greenport Village
Village streets were buzzing this week with news of a pre-Thanksgiving drug bust, just a few feet away from the building where Greenport children attend school.
Southold Police and members of the East End Drug Task Force culminated an extensive investigation into drug trafficking adjacent to the Greenport High School grounds by executing a search warrant at 220 Oak Street on Wednesday, November 22.
Two Greenport residents were arrested in the drug sweep. The first was charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the fourth degree, criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree, and unlawful dealing with a child in the first degree. The second suspect was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful dealing with a child in the first degree.
Both were charged with UDW/C in the first degree because one of the suspect's three children, all under the age of 11, was residing in the house.
During a search of the premises, over 120 packets of marijuana were recovered prepackaged for sale, as well as scales, packaging materials and other marijuana paraphernalia.
According to Southold Town Police Captain Martin Flatley, "There was some sensitivity because the residence was right outside the school boundaries."
Greenport School Superintendent Charles Kozora said he was pleased to hear of the arrests. "Any time there's illegal activity identified within the drug-free school zone vicinity, we're glad when it's eliminated by the police department."
Flatley said the STPD was satisfied with the results of the sweep and credits residents for their involvement. "We had a lot of complaints from residents," he said, as well as concerned school officials. Flatley added the Village Housing Authority would most likely work to remove residents of the house. "This is probably going to jeopardize their Section 8 housing money," he said, adding that the alleged dealing out of the house in such close proximity to the school had residents concerned. "We're happy with how they were charged and hopefully, that we can get that kind of activity to come to an end," he said. "People in the neighborhood were well aware of what was happening. It was just a matter of finding a way to get it done."