East End Drug Task Force Makes Four Arrests


After a long-term investigation and sting operation, the East End Drug Task Force arrested Kenneth Moses, 46, of Hampton Bays last week on multiple charges related to the possession and sale of heroin.

After police said he sold less than half an ounce of heroin to an undercover officer, Mr. Moses was arrested and charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a narcotic drug, and one count of criminal possession of a narcotic drug with intent to sell, all felonies, according to authorities. He was remanded to Suffolk County Jail in Riverside.

Mr. Moses was one of four individuals arrested by the multi-jurisdictional task force on July 9.

Susan Paetz, 40, of Hampton Bays was arrested at the same time and location on Penny Lane in Hampton Bays where police executed a search warrant against Mr. Moses. Upon searching the property, investigators recovered heroin, marijuana, pills and cash, all in unspecified quantities, according to the press release.

Ms. Paetz was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, according to police.

The task force also arrested 35-year-old Rainbow Hill, who lives on the Shinnecock Reservation, who was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, both misdemeanors, and Laurence Levy, 58, of Southampton, who was charged with first-degree operation of a vehicle while impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor, and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a felony.

Ms. Hill was arrested on Montauk Highway in Southampton, while Mr. Levy, who police say admitted to using heroin prior to his arrest, was also arrested on Montauk Highway in Southampton.

Stolen Car Used In Chase

A Flanders woman reported her car stolen from her driveway a day after it was allegedly used in a high-speed chase involving Riverhead Town Police.

The Priscilla Avenue woman called Southampton Town Police at 10:30 p.m. on July 10 to report that her car went missing from her driveway at around 1:45 a.m. on July 9—less than 15 minutes before Riverhead Town Police pursued the car, according to an incident report filed with the Southampton Town Police.

Southampton Town Police did not have any additional information about the nature of the pursuit, and Riverhead Town Police could not immediately confirm that they were involved in such a pursuit that morning.

The woman signed an affidavit stating that her car was stolen and that she did not know the person who was driving it, according to authorities.

Man Hits Suspected Thief

A Hampton Bays man told Southampton Town Police that he hit a man with his car whom he believed helped steal a cellphone and two packs of cigarettes from his vehicle just moments earlier.

The man called police at 5:45 p.m. Sunday to report that his Samsung cellphone, valued at $130, as well as two packs of The Brave menthol light cigarettes, worth $14 combined, were taken from his Toyota Tacoma pickup truck while it was parked outside White Water Outfitters on East Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays earlier that evening, according to an incident report.

The man said he saw two men standing near his truck and when he approached them about the missing items they took off, running westbound on Montauk Highway. The victim jumped in his truck and caught up to one of the suspects near the intersection of Canoe Place Road when the man dashed in front of his car, hitting his truck’s front passenger side.

Both suspects were able to escape, the man told police.

The victim told authorities he did not see either man enter or exit his vehicle.

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