Nine East End residents, including two men from the Sag Harbor area, were arrested on Thursday, March 11, for their involvement in dealing cocaine throughout the South Fork. According to East Hampton Town Chief of Police ToddSarris, the roundup concluded a yearlong investigation conducted by town police in conjunction with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s East End Drug Task Force. Although ChiefSarris wasn’t certain if these defendants were key suppliers of cocaine on the East End, he did characterize the bust as “significant.” Sarris added that cocaine sales were made throughout East Hampton and Southampton Towns, including Montauk and Sag Harbor, though noted that he wasn’t sure if incidents were documented as far as Riverhead.
“This made a difference,” noted Chief Sarris.
Stemming from information gathered during the investigation, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office issued indictments for seven of the individuals:Jensi Cuello, 27, of Montauk, Christian Chavez, 21, of East Hampton, Cesar Acosta, 26, of Hampton Bays, Anyelo Barrenfaller, 26, of Southampton, Dennis Moore, 46, of Amagansett, and Tai Truong , 28, of East Hampton. The arrests were made throughout the day on March 11 at the defendants’ residences and places of work, confirmed ChiefSarris.
“We had preliminary surveillance to make sure we knew where they were going to be,” said Chief Sarris. The majority of these local men face charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first, second and third degree, all felonies. As these men were arrested through indictments from the county, they were held at the Suffolk County Correctional facility inRiverhead.
Two Sag Harbor men, James Kelly, 30, of Sag Harbor, and Reinaldo Martin, 32, of Noyac were arrested by East Hampton Town Police on probable cause for their alleged involvement in the cocaine trafficking operation. Both men were held at the East Hampton Town Justice Court for a morning arraignment at around noon on Friday, March 12. Kelly was charged with one count criminal sale of a controlled substance in the second degree, a felony. Martin was charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the second degree. The New York State Penal Law defines this charge as “a person is guilty of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the second degree when he knowingly and unlawfully sells . . . one or more preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances containing a narcotic drug and the preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances are of an aggregate weight of one-half ounce or more . . . or a stimulant and the stimulant weighs five grams or more.” Kelly and Martin are due back in court Wednesday, March 17.