East End Drug Task Force Targets Northampton Home


Members of the East End Drug Task Force made two arrests after raiding a Northampton home last week.

Armed with a search warrant, officers raided a Pine Court home just after 6 a.m. last Thursday, November 6, and charged two men with felony drug counts.

Romaine Hopkins, 32, of Northampton was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony, and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, police said. Lewis Quandol, 29, of Riverhead was also arrested at the Pine Court home and charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, according to authorities.

Southampton Town Police Sergeant Susan Ralph said Mr. Hopkins sold narcotics in the town and elsewhere, but declined to elaborate. She did not say what drugs he sold, how much was in his possession at the time, or how long he has been a target of the task force, though she said the arrests were the result of a long-term investigation.

Both men were arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court on Friday, November 7. Bail information was not available for either man on Wednesday morning.

Undercover officers also raided two homes in Riverhead Town—one on Doctors Path and another on Union Avenue—that resulted in the arrest of six people last Friday.

According to Riverhead Town Police, six people were charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. They include: Ebony Booker, 24, of Riverhead; Eric Ross, 22, of Flanders; Kotara Jackson, 32, of Mastic; Tashara Horsely, 19, of Mastic Beach; Marquis Miles, 21, of North Carolina; and Tywan Jones, 35, of Riverhead. All were arraigned in Riverhead Town Court.

A representative from the Suffolk County district attorney’s office, which oversees the task force, did not return multiple calls, or respond to several emails, seeking additional information about the raids.

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