A group of four men and women from Brookhaven Town were arrested at around 10 p.m. on Saturday in East Quogue after they purchased a small quantity of crack cocaine, according to Southampton Town Police.
Police said they arrested Luigi Zollo, 37, and Amy D’Amelios, 47, both of Manorville, as well as Kristine Kuhl, 37, of Brookhaven and Brian S. Domiano, 26, of Mastic after they saw them leaving a known drug dealing location in Hampton Bays in a 2006 Hyundai driven by Ms. D’Amelios.
The four were stopped between exits 64 and 65 on Sunrise Highway as they drove to Manorville after Ms. D’Amelios failed to remain in her lane, police said.
Town Police Sergeant James Kiernan, who has been heading the department’s Street Crime Unit since July 2006, said the group had just purchased a little more than a gram of crack for $40, which he said was an average price for that quantity of the drug. “They all chipped in for it,” Sgt. Kiernan said.
The crack was found loose inside the car, Sgt. Kiernan said, and Ms. D’Amelios was found with a crack pipe as well.
Mr. Zollo, Mr. Domiano and Ms. Kuhl were each charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and Ms. D’Amelios was charged with two counts of the same crime. Ms. D’Amelios was charged with an extra count because she had a crack pipe, police said.
The arrests are part of an ongoing narcotics investigation in Hampton Bays, which Sgt. Kiernan said started about eight months ago.
“What we’ve done in the past to close down a drug spot is to build a case and obtain a search warrant,” Sgt. Kiernan said. He added that the police have multiple drug investigations going on from Eastport to Bridgehampton.