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Aug 21, 2016 11:51 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Police Arrest Man On Several Felony Drug Possession Charges In Bridgehampton

Aug 24, 2016 10:27 AM

Officers who stopped a man for driving and texting on Bridgehampton’s Main Street say they uncovered a cache of drugs inside his car—including a pound of marijuana, more than 300 vials of liquid concentrated cannabis and 150 individually packed snacks laced with pot.

Christopher Jennings Jr., 36, of Northport was heading to Montauk for the weekend when he was stopped at 7:27 p.m. near School Street by the Southampton Town Police Department’s Community Response Unit for texting and driving, authorities said. The unit was assigned to the hamlet’s Main Street in response to a number of recent accidents involving pedestrians.

But when officers approached Mr. Jennings’s Ford Escape, they observed a strong smell of marijuana coming from its interior, and one officer spotted a clear plastic vial filled with liquid concentrated cannabis, according to authorities. Inside the vehicle, police found more than 300 vials of liquid concentrated cannabis, 16 ounces of fresh marijuana, 150 pre-made and individually packaged edible goods laced with marijuana, and two canisters filled with nearly five pounds of concentrated cannabis gel, a substance usually used in baked goods.

Police said they also found more than $1,350 in cash and nearly 100 other pieces of drug manufacturing, processing and packaging paraphernalia.

Mr. Jennings was charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all felonies, and seventh-degree criminal possession of controlled substance, a misdemeanor, police said. He was also ticketed for texting while driving, a violation. Mr. Jennings could also face additional charges from the Suffolk County district attorney’s office, police said.

In addition to the drugs and money, officers also confiscated Mr. Jennings’s car for possible forfeiture.

Mr. Jennings was arraigned on Sunday morning in Southampton Town Justice Court and released on his own recognizance, according to Town Police Lieutenant Susan Ralph.

Staff reporter Kelly Zegers contributed to this story.

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And the legacy of the most corrupt Congress and legendary bigot in our nation's history lives on...
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Aug 21, 16 2:03 PM
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And what does that have to do with the great jobs our police did???
By knitter (1725), Southampton on Aug 21, 16 3:29 PM
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If you know nothing of the history of cannabis, then you would ask that question.

Alcohol, legal.
Opiates, legal.
Nicotine, legal.
Cannabis, illegal.
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Aug 21, 16 4:21 PM
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and one dealer out of business
By bigfresh (4381), north sea on Aug 21, 16 4:44 PM
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Good job to the police for stopping a texting driver. Our village should be safe for pedestrians. Thankful to finally see signs of some enforcement in Bridgehampton.
By BH11932 (10), Bridgehampton on Aug 21, 16 4:57 PM
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Long over due
By 1942sparky (18), Bridgehampton on Aug 21, 16 5:05 PM
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"Police confiscated Mr. Jenning's car and cash for possible forfeiture and he is being held for arraignment."
This is the one and only reason cops want to keep marijuana illegal. It's the magic ticket and cash cow to pad the budget for more shiny new cop toys.
I notice he was not charged with DUI... evidently he was not impaired. As a Colorado citizen I can purchase all those things 5 minutes from my home.
Making felons out of your fellow citizens over a substance less harmful than ...more
By RobbieFreeman (1), on Aug 21, 16 7:15 PM
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Just legalize the crap. Oh well that wont happen until this corrupt state can get all its cronies involved in profiting.
By chief1 (2725), southampton on Aug 21, 16 7:28 PM
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a friend with weed is a friend indeed
By llimretaw (118), watermill on Aug 21, 16 7:43 PM
8k run & 3 mile walk, Agawam Park, Southampton Rotary Club fundraiser