North Sea Raid Nets Drug Arrest


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An early morning drug raid Thursday in North Sea led to an arrest after police said they seized a variety of drugs — including heroin and cocaine — and packing materials from a Locust Avenue residence.

Michael Johnson, 27, was arrested at 6:27 a.m. last Thursday, May 23 after the East End Drug Task Force (EEDTF) seized illegal drugs at the Southampton home, according to a press release issued by Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas J. Spota’s office.

Johnson was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree — intent to sell, a class B felony, as well as criminal possession of a controlled substance — narcotic, criminal possession of a narcotic drug in the fourth degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, all felony counts. Johnson also faces charges of criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and for acting in a manner injurious to a child, a misdemeanor.

“Inside the home, EEDTF investigators seized heroin, cocaine, marijuana, pills, cash, as well as scales and packaging materials,” said Spota.

The search warrant, according to Spota’s office, was the result of an investigation into drug sales activity in the North Sea, Southampton area. Southampton Town Police Emergency Services Unit assisted task force member agencies in serving the warrant as did the New York State Police K-9 unit, said DA Spota.

Johnson was arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court and was held in lieu of $5,000 bail.

The East End Drug Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional drug enforcement unit funded by the office of Suffolk County District Attorney. The task force includes detectives, police officers and law enforcement personnel from the New York State Police, Suffolk County Police Department , Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Suffolk County Department of Probation, Southampton Town Police Department, Riverhead Police Department, East Hampton Town Police Department, Easthampton Village Police Department, Southampton Village Police Department, Sag Harbor Village Police Department, Southold Police Department and Suffolk County District Attorney Investigators.