Traffic stop nabs alleged drug dealer


A routine traffic stop early Saturday led to the arrest of a man on his way to the Stony Brook Southampton campus to sell drugs, according to Southampton Town Police.

Jesse Bachrach, 21, of Stony Brook was apprehended at around 2:30 a.m. on Coopers Farm Road in Southampton Village. Though Southampton Village has its own police department, Town Police often move freely into the village during patrols.

Police said they stopped Mr. Bachrach for improperly changing lanes and disobeying a traffic light. Officers who approached his vehicle could smell marijuana. Police said Mr. Bachrach admitted that he had marijuana and turned the drug over to the officers.

Upon further investigation, police discovered that Mr. Bachrach was in possession of 48 amphetamine tablets and six Adderall capsules, a controlled substance. Police report that the drugs were all packaged for sale, and that it was Mr. Bachrach’s intent to sell the drugs at the Southampton campus.

Police seized the drugs and sent them to the Suffolk County Crime Lab for analysis. Mr. Bachrach was charged with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony, three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, all misdemeanors, one count of unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, as well as two traffic violations.

Charged After Accident

A driver crashed into a tree while traveling on Newtown Road in Hampton Bays on Monday at about 6:30 p.m., according to Southampton Town Police. Kyle Stockert, 25, of Hampton Bays, was pulled out of his 1992 Ford Taurus by passing motorists after it erupted in flames.

The Hampton Bays Fire Department extinguished the fire. Police report that Mr. Stockert was the only person in the car and that he was not injured in the crash.

During the subsequent investigation, police discovered an assortment of controlled substances on Mr. Stockert. He was arrested and taken to police headquarters and held for morning arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court.

Mr. Stockert faces one count of driving while ability was impaired by drugs and one count of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, both felonies, and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor.

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