A Hampton Bays man was arrested by Town Police on April 23 for selling the prescription painkiller Vicodin.
Police said that Ramon Jimenez Hernandez, 43, used his public benefit card to get the pills at a rate of $1 for 100 pills and then re-sold the pills for $20 each. “He was using public money to buy drugs to re-sell on the street,” said Detective Sergeant Randy Hintze.
Mr. Hernandez was arrested in the parking lot of the King Kullen Shopping Center on Montauk Highway at 7:46 p.m. He was caught with 20 pills, but police did not say to whom he had been selling them.
Police noted that Mr. Hernandez has been in the United States illegally since 1980 and that they had notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Mr. Hernandez was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and possession of a controlled substance outside of the original container, a violation.
Police said that Mr. Hernandez’s arrest was part of an ongoing investigation.
Arrested After Fight
Two men were arrested after they were observed fighting after they left the Latin Dance Club in the back of the Hampton Bays Diner on Sunday morning, according to Southampton Town Police.
Officers responded to a fight that broke out in the parking lot of the club around 5 a.m. and arrested Manuel E. Avila, 24, of Mastic when he rammed his vehicle into a police cruiser while trying to leave the parking lot at the Hampton Bays Diner to avoid being arrested. He was charged with DWI, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and fourth-degree criminal mischief, all misdemeanors.
A 25-year-old man from Mastic had also been fighting with other men in the parking lot, but when police arrived, the 25-year-old also tried to leave the scene. He was intoxicated and charged with disorderly conduct, a violation.
According to Cheryl Kraft, the code officer for the Town of Southampton, the Hampton Bays Diner has been cited for violations of the town code for having the nightclub in the back of the diner four times throughout last year, as well as in February this year. Legally, the diner is required to have a change of use permit to operate the nightclub.
Ms. Kraft added that the cases are still open in the Town of Southampton Justice Court. The owners of the Hampton Bays Diner could not be reached for comment.
According to Detective Sergeant Randy Hintze, the police would not investigate the operation of the club further. But he did say that the club is usually only open for special events and has been since last summer.
Police Ticket Partiers
On Saturday at 1:10 a.m., police ticketed and towed numerous illegally parked vehicles in the Holzmann Estates area of Hampton Bays, located directly behind the White House Club. The area includes Mildred Place, Fort Hill Road and Holzman Drive.
Police said that many residents have been negatively affected by parties in the area, as partygoers have littered, made excessive noise, and damaged properties in the area, as well as blocked driveways with their cars.
Detective Sergeant Randy Hintze said that the White House Club does provide parking, but not enough for everyone who came to the club’s event Friday night.
No arrests were made in regard to the illegal parking, but 21 cars were towed.
New E-Mail Address
Town Police announced that they have a new e-mail address for residents with crime complaints: firstname.lastname@example.org.