Routine traffic stop leads to drug arrest

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A routine traffic stop on the night of December 29 in Hampton Bays led to the arrests of two women for unlawful possession of drugs, Southampton Town Police reported.

Police said that at about 11 p.m. that night they stopped Clara Giannetti, 37, of Westhampton, who was driving a black 1991 Lexus westbound on Montauk Highway. Ellisha Cundari-Haynes, 33, of Dix Hills was riding in the passenger seat, according to police.

Officers said the strong odor of marijuana was detected from within the vehicle after Ms. Giannetti was pulled over for a traffic infraction.

Police report that Ms. Cundari-Haynes admitted to possessing marijuana as well as an assortment of controlled substances. Ms. Giannetti admitted to having a quantity of hydrocodone, for which she did not have a prescription.

Both were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor. They were taken to police headquarters for processing and issued an appearance ticket to appear in Southampton Town Justice Court on Monday, January 19.

Brian Bossetta

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