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Jan 5, 2010 6:59 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Town harbormaster arrested for marijuana possession

Jan 5, 2010 6:59 PM

Police arrested East Hampton Town Senior Harbormaster Don Bousson on Monday night when he was found with approximately half a pound of marijuana in his car, said Chief Todd Sarris. Mr. Bousson, 55, was charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the third degree, a felony, Chief Sarris said.

Chief Sarris said police received a call from Suffolk County Crime Stoppers on Monday night with an anonymous tip that there was a vehicle traveling in East Hampton with a large quantity of marijuana and a detailed description of Mr. Bousson and his car.

Police stopped Mr. Bousson on Three Mile Harbor Road and found the marijuana in the vehicle, he said. He said there is no indication that there was an intent to sell.

Mr. Bousson was arraigned Tuesday morning at East Hampton Town Justice Court. He has been a resident and employee in East Hampton for 21 years, his attorney told Justice Catherine Cahill at the arraignment, and this is his first criminal offense.

Chief Harbormaster Ed Michels, who was in the courtroom for the arraignment, said Mr. Bousson has been temporarily relieved of duty.

Though his attorney asked that Mr. Bousson be released on his own recognizance, Judge Cahill set bail at $500, which Mr. Bousson expected to be able to post later that day. Judge Cahill also asked that Mr. Bousson surrender a firearm kept in his house that he owns through his employment with the town.

Chief Sarris said that if Mr. Bousson is found guilty, the felony charge is punishable by a maximum of four years in prison. He said because Mr. Bousson is a town employee, most likely the town will review the case and departmental charges will be filed against him.

“He violated his oath as a peace officer and conducted himself in criminal activity,” he said. “It will be up to the Town Board what they want to do.”

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Sounds to me like this poor guy was set up. When is this country going to wake up and smell the weed? You can drive drunk numerous times before jail is even in the picture and this guy is probably going to lose his pension over a bag of weed. Something that should have been legalized years ago, our police, courts and prisons are over run with B.S. arrests. You want to see the economy bounce back? Legalize it and tax it and the money will flow and free the burden to taxpayers paying for three hots ...more
By BigL11946 (29), Hampton Bays on Jan 5, 10 4:07 PM
Must have been a pretty big bag of weed, it was a half-pound of weed he had.
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Jan 5, 10 7:59 PM
I believe that "half a pound of marijuana' is considered "felony weight," since it is assumed that such a quantity would not be for "personal use."

A "Crime stoppers tip," eh?

By Frank Wheeler (1805), Northampton on Jan 5, 10 4:09 PM
We used to have three supermarkets in this town. Now we have three major Drug stores and one crappy waldbaum's. People can get all the pills to pop they want around here but this guy's whole life is gonna be destroyed because of a plant that is grown in dirt. I miss A&P, IGA and Gristedes.
By icecreamman (415), Southampton on Jan 5, 10 4:45 PM
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Utterly rediculous ! This was obviously a setup and even more than that is how can a little weed be a felony? Time to legalize now and reap the benefits of additional tax revenues.
By Michael B (5), Hampton Bays on Jan 5, 10 5:16 PM
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Clearly, much more to this story than is known so far, and many questions, such as : Who set him up ? Did the police try to flip him for a higher-up before going public ? (Seems not.) Was he selling to school kids or splitting it among friends ? "Half a pound" may sound like a lot to some, but 8 ounces is about right for a small circle of good-buddy adults and could last awhiledepending on use.
And the larger issue referred to above - alcohol being legal and pot not ? Tough one with ...more
By Sag (53), Sag harbor on Jan 5, 10 5:20 PM
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Obvious set-up . Free Don Bousson !!!
By AndersEn (157), Southampton on Jan 5, 10 5:25 PM
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I'm guessing all you potheads are not parents? why the big fuss about a set up??? Guess what if you are doing something illegal and it involves more than one person there is always a chance someone is going to sell you out. some body traded in a chip and that chip was smokey the harbor guy.
By eastender09 (22), southampton on Jan 5, 10 5:30 PM
Chief Sarris is correct. He violated his oath as a peace officer (if found guilty). Case closed.
By nellie (451), charleston on Jan 5, 10 5:55 PM
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Half a pound is more than needed for personal consumption - sounds like distribution, even if only in small amounts. He carries a firearm, and drugs and guns don't mix - any shooting would open the town up to huge liability (the FAA doesn't even allow pilots to take aspirin - it slows reflexes a little). As for setup there was likely an informant but so what - people inform for all types of infractions, if they didn't arrests for all crimes would plummet. Legalizing another drug would have benefits ...more
By Funbeer (247), Southampton on Jan 5, 10 5:57 PM
Funbeer, You either have an addictive personality or you don't. Over eating is an addictive behavior and thats huge in this country.Obviously people can get it very easily anyways so why not have it taxed and regulated.If people do some research you will find that places where it is legal has actually had a drop in drug addiction and drug related crimes. And it should be used in moderation just like alcohol. If cigarettes are legal, which is one of the leading causes of death in this country, why ...more
By BigL11946 (29), Hampton Bays on Jan 5, 10 7:32 PM
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You make a false assumptions about me and fail to objectively evaluate the nature of the substance in question. I have neither an addictive personality nor do I use any recreational drugs. An addictive personality is not addictive towards all substances or activities. Some people are prone to abuse alcohol but do not gamble; others may gamble excessively but do not drink. Destigmatizing pot will make it more openly available and increase some addiction - that is inevitable is overall use increases, ...more
By Funbeer (247), Southampton on Jan 5, 10 7:54 PM
Funbeer, I want to be clear that my statement was not directed at you, it was meant to be a general statement and if it was not received as such I apoloogize.
By BigL11946 (29), Hampton Bays on Jan 6, 10 7:41 AM
This could have been done in a much quieter and in a much less public way..The things people do to get their "jollies"..Hope you sleep well Rat Fink..Don is one of the nicer, More Valuable of town employees..especially of those in the Harbor Patrol..Hang in there Don!
By gansetteer (125), East Hampton on Jan 5, 10 6:05 PM
maybe the reason he is so nice is that he is high all the time. I am pretty nice after I burn down a nice fatty.
By C Law (331), Water Mill on Jan 5, 10 8:33 PM
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By Dr.Rhythm (10), E.Hampton on Jan 7, 10 10:14 PM
Lets just look at it. HE BROKE THE LAW. A half a pound is not personal use.He played the game and now has to pay the price.What would all you pot heads and freinds of his say if he killed someone when he was high??? Lets all so not forget this guy had a GUN. He should be fired and lose it all.Another joke employee of the east end.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jan 5, 10 6:58 PM
I agree with the many good arguments in favor of legalization (and yes, I am a parent, and no, favoring legalization does not make me a pothead any more than favoring legal alcohol makes me a drunk) - but until it's legalized in NY, possession remains illegal. And I may be naive, but a half pound is some serious weight for one person's personal consumption. Unless the weed was put in his car without his knowledge, you have to wonder what he was thinking.

This is especially so when you ...more
By CoweeDewey (110), East Quogue on Jan 5, 10 7:11 PM
What a bull### story. I know Don for years, he has been going through hell with his ex wife.. A tip ??? What a setup , from her and her attorney.. Give him the pension he deserves and let him start a new life away from here, he has served this community with honor and always has done the right thing by all boaters and residents...I don't do drugs or agree with them, but it is going on in this town in plain view, many of the sellers are confidential informants, allowed to sell and consume, with full ...more
By glorydays (6), east hampton on Jan 5, 10 7:18 PM
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As a public official, Mr. Bousson has to be held accountable for his behavior while we have laws in place against possession of marijuana whether for personal use or not. As an indidual, its another ballgame....There is this thing called public trust which was violated under the current laws. Whether he was set-up or not remains to be seen. He must be presumed innocent until proven guilty. We as the public, if irritated by this must vote for public officials that will change the laws if thats what ...more
By gordita (1), Southampton on Jan 5, 10 7:53 PM
An anonymous tip again? Crime Stoppers hotline? What are the mechanics of this? Is it simply a voicemail recording which says, in essence, go pull this vehicle over? Does the caller have to ID him or her self? Does anyone call this informant back to check the information?

Did the PD have a warrant to stop and search this vehicle?

If they did not have a warrant, what "exigent circumstances" justified a warrantless search? Once they had pulled the vehicle over (and had it under physical ...more
By PBR (4883), Southampton on Jan 5, 10 7:54 PM
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Unless of course he consented in which case your argument goes out the window. No need for a warrant to stop the vehicle.
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Jan 5, 10 8:03 PM
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Looks like the potsmokers are outnumbering everyone in the comments -- What a shame and Disgrace -- No Wonder the Country is in so much trouble
By pride of bonac (42), easthampton on Jan 5, 10 8:18 PM
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Pot doesn't hurt anyone. Its a lot less harmful than alcohol. And for the record I don't use pot but do drink.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Jan 5, 10 10:05 PM
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Crawl out from under your bonac rock!
By Dr.Rhythm (10), E.Hampton on Jan 7, 10 10:41 PM
Its a lot more than pot here, this is one vindictive person getting over on someone that trusted them. He was wrong no doubt, but if it was a big buy to keep him in weed for a long period of time, used by him in the privacy of his own home, its no ones business. As I said I do not do drugs by choice, but he has the right.. He was set up by someone close to him that he trusted.. And that C.I. confidential informant needs a good ass whipping, I believe I know who that might be. Call me Don, you know ...more
By glorydays (6), east hampton on Jan 5, 10 8:37 PM
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HE NEEDS A LOT OF SUPPORT! Thanks
By Dr.Rhythm (10), E.Hampton on Jan 7, 10 10:44 PM
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By KAZ (26), SOUTHAMPTON on Jan 5, 10 8:42 PM
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By KAZ (26), SOUTHAMPTON on Jan 5, 10 8:44 PM
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By observer242, east hampton on Jan 5, 10 9:28 PM
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Poor fella. I feel sorry for him. He didn't hurt anyone .
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Jan 5, 10 10:01 PM
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Sounds like a rotten deal for sure !
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Jan 5, 10 11:15 PM
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Sadly, once a "tip" is lodged, the police department has a responsibility and is obligated to investigate it. Same as if you accidentally call 911; the police department has an obligation, even if when they call you back- you say, "oh whopps- my 6 year old was playing with the phone...sorry", to go to your house and make sure there is no threat to life and well being. I agree with other posts, marijuana should have been legalized & taxed long ago. Don, if you read this crap, I want you to see ...more
By SunshineBOO! (10), East Hampton on Jan 5, 10 11:35 PM
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SunshineBOO: "marijuana should have been legalized "

Don't know about that, but it certainly should have, in "personal amounts," been decriminalized.

Now this guy is screwed if the DA wants to come after him with the Asset Forfeiture laws. (Which, if it was his putative ex-wife who dimed him, would screw her as well.)
By Frank Wheeler (1805), Northampton on Jan 6, 10 8:30 AM
fyi - I believe that under 25 grams (around 1/4 oz) has been decriminalized in NY for the first and second offense - it's a $100 fine, similar to a parking ticket.
By CoweeDewey (110), East Quogue on Jan 6, 10 6:10 PM
Boo, you sound like good friend. Stick with him.
By Dr.Rhythm (10), E.Hampton on Jan 7, 10 10:47 PM
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By xatiannorthsea (16), southampton on Jan 6, 10 12:16 AM
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By xatiannorthsea (16), southampton on Jan 6, 10 12:17 AM
The violence associated with marijuana takes place in Mexico and the the border states. There it is a war, and the bodies pile up everyday.

Also, our national parks are being taken over by marijuana growers and people get shot if they go nearthem.

Marijuana is not a no-violence drug. It just isn't visible in our 'burbs.
By RemembertheDucks (54), Eastport on Jan 6, 10 1:53 AM
If it was legalized there would be no need to import it from anywhere and instead of growing it in national parks the farmers that have been struggling for years would have a viable crop.
By BigL11946 (29), Hampton Bays on Jan 6, 10 7:49 AM
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INS: "I guarantee more people are shot over traffic disputes!"

You can make no such guarantee, so don't impeach your own credibility.

CNN, though, has NO credibility with such "reports." The instance of armed hemp-growers is more an issue in Northern California, and that IS verifiable.
By Frank Wheeler (1805), Northampton on Jan 6, 10 8:35 AM
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By highhatsize (3794), East Quogue on Jan 6, 10 4:55 AM
Sounds like a really bad script, with "setup" all over it.
By M. O'Connor (147), Southampton on Jan 6, 10 8:39 AM
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As a parent, life long resident of the east end of LI, friend of many policemen, firemen, ambulance personal, military, teachers, etc I have become aware of things in our community that are eye opening to say the least! I know that weed is illegal and do not understand in today's world why it is...so many people in all walks of life smoke the ganja!
We don't know if Don was set up or not, if he was i hope he can prove it. If he was not set up then I hope his case will be for the benefit of ...more
By jellyfish jam (5), Hampton Bays on Jan 6, 10 8:46 AM
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In Canada, this amount of possesion by an individual can be legal, if the individual is making a "butter". Lets face it, the biggest problem with weed is the health hazard from smoking. Happily, the lobbying campaigns of big business to gain public acceptance of smoking are mainly finished... lets move on!
By deKooning (88), southampton on Jan 6, 10 9:27 AM
Definitely it was a set up!!!!

maybe people closer to the police department are involve in this set up!!


I think our local police should keep a closer eye in our school, from HB to East Hampton where kids are doing drugs in the bathroom.....everybody pretending it doesn't happen.
By Bel (86), southampton on Jan 6, 10 9:37 AM
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Bel: "Definitely it was a set up!!!!"

And you know this -- how?!?
By Frank Wheeler (1805), Northampton on Jan 6, 10 11:01 AM
so his ex wife purchased a half a pound of weed, put it in his car and then called the police...he's screwed
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on Jan 6, 10 9:42 AM
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Anyone know if he was strip searched?

By NSea (10), Southampton on Jan 6, 10 10:01 AM
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By oldhippie (10), East Hampton on Jan 6, 10 10:06 AM
In NY, possession of pot is ILLEGAL. END OF STORY
By bonacbabe (1), East Hampton on Jan 6, 10 10:16 AM
Yes, it is -- and the (revised) Rockefeller Law was still on the books last I looked.
By Frank Wheeler (1805), Northampton on Jan 6, 10 11:04 AM
Here's the penalties:

- Possession of 1oz-8oz is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in prison and/or a $1K fine.
- Possession of 8oz-16oz is a Class E Felony, punishable ... more by 1-4 years in prison and/or a $5K fine.

And if you intend to sell:
- Possession of 4oz-16oz with intent to sell is a Class D Felony, punishable by 1-7 years and/or a $5K fine.

But possession for personal use - under 25 grams (around 1/4 oz) - has been decriminalized and ...more
By CoweeDewey (110), East Quogue on Jan 6, 10 6:18 PM
I feel so sorry for him. This guy has been through way too much lately. Who in the
world would want so much harm for him? I wish everyone would just leave him alone. He is no criminal. Definitely a set up.
By puppydog (6), east hampton on Jan 6, 10 12:09 PM
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I'm curious why comments are allowed on this story?

To quote one of Mr. Shaw's comments on the Kabot arrest:

"No, we're not allowing comments on the story about Ms. Kabot's arrest on a DWI charge. Our policy is generally not to allow comments on stories involving criminal charges--a few have slipped through the cracks in the past, but when we realized it we pulled the commenting off those stories. I think it's only fair to maintain the policy for the town supervisor."

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By WHBYankee (17), Westhampton Beach on Jan 6, 10 12:15 PM
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Pondering that myself.

Where O where is the consistency, Joe Shaw?
By Frank Wheeler (1805), Northampton on Jan 6, 10 12:30 PM
Mr. Shaw reversed his position on that, and comments were allowed on that particular story and future stories surrounding the DWI charge against Ms. Kabot.

Comments are allowed on this story because, as senior harbormaster, Mr. Bousson is a public figure.
By BOReilly (134), 27east Web Editor on Jan 6, 10 12:36 PM
Oh, this was a set-up alright. His loony ex did this to him. I'd like to see a petition go around to let the authorities know that while Don effup up mightily, he was under some serious strain from this ugly divorce and also that he has always been a righteous dude.

BTW, my inside source says that he was followed by a paid priivate detective residing in East Hampton who received some serious coin. Nice going, scumbag.
By oldhippie (10), East Hampton on Jan 6, 10 12:44 PM
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I totally agree with you! TOTALLY!!!!!!!!!!
By puppydog (6), east hampton on Jan 6, 10 1:00 PM
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The lesson to be learned from this, is that if you want to really screw someone, all you need to do is leave some contraband in their car and make a phone call.

I never thought it could be so easy.
By Paramarine (26), Raleigh, NC on Jan 6, 10 2:10 PM
Could he lose his pension over this? If so, it wouldn't make much sense for a soon-to-be-ex to set him up or drop a dime on him. A pension is an asset that could conceivably become part of a divorce settlement. So the loss of his pension would hurt the ex too, right?
By easthamptoner (34), easy hampton on Jan 6, 10 2:54 PM
What you are not privy to is that his soon (hopefully real soon) to be ex is the heiress to a multi-million dollar furniture fortune. Hell has no fury as they say.
By EHT employee (7), east hampton on Jan 6, 10 5:33 PM
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By oldhippie (10), East Hampton on Jan 6, 10 5:55 PM
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You are correct, I should have said hell has no fury as a viper spawned!
By EHT employee (7), east hampton on Jan 6, 10 6:12 PM
Those poor children!
By puppydog (6), east hampton on Jan 7, 10 11:43 AM
Hilarious $500 Bail, I have an open mind about this. However when you are a law enforcement official, come on now folks! East Hampton is so funny, ahh the small town secrets. Homeland security here it is, Bonac style. Great example for the kiddies folks.
By BlackDog (47), East Hampton on Jan 6, 10 3:29 PM
The sole purpose of bail is to ensure someone returns to court. It is not punishment and it is illegal to use it as thus. The idea that this guy would not skip town for a charge like this warrants low bail. It would be returned after a trial. You know, that thing that we are all entitled too. With ALL the evidence, ALL the witnesses, statements etc, not a conviction based on a few paragraphs in a newspaper or on a website.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jan 6, 10 3:50 PM
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I know for a fact (absolutely) that this looney ex-wife had a PI follow her first husband in the hopes of incriminating him in some way during her FIRST divorce. I don't know why she wouldn't try it a second time!
By puppydog (6), east hampton on Jan 6, 10 4:10 PM
For your further information, the ex-wife is a multi-millionairess who has no care about spending or pissing away money. She has litigated this man into near bancrupcy.

She did this once before with her first husband. Also, she likes to litigate and has done so many times even when it was clear she was in the wrong. Still, she prefers to litigate in order to break the other party and exact some sort of satisfaction.

Anyone who ever met this woman for more than five minutes will ...more
By oldhippie (10), East Hampton on Jan 6, 10 4:14 PM
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Wonder who her next victim will be...... will she be able to fool yet another man? And...yes....heard many people say how she loves a good fight...no matter what it costs. She must be an attorney's dream come true. Hope Don hangs in there. He is a good man who was manipulated by an insane woman.
By puppydog (6), east hampton on Jan 6, 10 4:49 PM
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By Observer1 (5), East Hampton on Jan 6, 10 4:18 PM
Poor guy could end up losing his job and pension. I'm thinking about quitting drinking and smoking reefer.Last time I got high was in high school. It was kind of fun with the munchies and all , lol !
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Jan 6, 10 4:58 PM
War on Drugs! Been goin on for how long now? People who use and sell pot are being locked away in droves with the murderers and the psycho's. New prisons are built, jobs created, this is BIG BUSINESS. The prison guards have the strongest union in the country. This "War" will never end.
By icecreamman (415), Southampton on Jan 6, 10 7:33 PM
Care to name it? I've never heard of a national "prison guards" union.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jan 8, 10 12:06 PM
Sure thing Terry. I guess since you never heard of it, it must not exist. Maybe some of you have heard of AFGE or The American Federation of Govt. Employees? They are in charge of the Council of Prison Locals or (CPL). The CPL is the Federal prison guards union and the teachers are not even close in terms of power or political influence INS. Terry next time you want to call someone out you should just google it first and save yourself the embarrassment.
By icecreamman (415), Southampton on Jan 9, 10 9:44 AM
Forget about Don, he's small potatoes. The real question is; When are they going to arrest McGintee ?
By Bilge Water (131), East Hampton on Jan 6, 10 9:31 PM
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They won't arrest McGintee. They always go after small potatoes. It boosts their numbers.
By oldhippie (10), East Hampton on Jan 6, 10 11:23 PM
Newsday says that the anonymous tip originated in Florida. That's a pretty long reach. If I called the Palm Beach P.D. with an anonymous tip, would they set up a "roadblock", (as Newsday says that the East Hampton P.D. did), on MY say so.?
By highhatsize (3794), East Quogue on Jan 6, 10 11:46 PM
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By deme más (3), southampton on Jan 7, 10 12:25 AM
Who would set up this guy for some Pot? is an anonymous call enough to pull someone over like that? What if there was nothing in the car?Then what? Is this an illegal search???? I hope the the Southampton Press pushes for the call to be released as part of the Freedom of Information. this is a public official..we have the right to hear the call .
By Quogonian (14), Quogue on Jan 7, 10 8:40 AM
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By oldhippie (10), East Hampton on Jan 7, 10 9:25 AM
What is the Town going to do to ensure the public that the next Harbormaster or Bay Constable that stops them isn't stoned ? Pretty scary to think these guys who carry guns aren't given urine tests the same as they test the guys in the highway dept.
By Bilge Water (131), East Hampton on Jan 7, 10 9:50 AM
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By Dr.Rhythm (10), E.Hampton on Jan 7, 10 10:12 PM
With all due espect, you folks who keep carrrying on about the horror of a pot smoker being armed are just displaying your own lack of knowledge. It is not a good idea to be under the influence of ANYTHING while carrying a firearm, driving a car, or doing any number of other things. A social pot smoker is no different than a social drinker in that regard, hard as that may be for many to understand and accept.
By Sag (53), Sag harbor on Jan 7, 10 10:02 AM
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This gentleman, with business in court, a known vendictive opponent was foolish to engage is any illegal activity as all, and may be paying a price that he cannot afford. It is the "Man in the Mirror" who made the mistake, not the cops.

Oh, and as I have known "pot heads" since ancient history I can let you know none have resorted to armed violence. The "gun possession" issue holds no concern here.
By Lost Tribe (66), East Hampton on Jan 7, 10 10:39 AM
It would take a LONG time to smoke 1/2lb of pot....
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Jan 7, 10 10:54 AM
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By oldhippie (10), East Hampton on Jan 7, 10 1:13 PM
Those are some pretty strong claims, oldhippie.

Kind of so strong it takes away any credibility you may have thought you had. In your effort to defend this gentleman, you actually hurt his case in the public by making those claims.
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jan 7, 10 3:09 PM
No...I do not agree with you. I think there are plenty of people who think very highly of him. His case hasn't even gone to court. Sounds like oldhippie is just angry like so many people out here. Does not change the fact that this man may have made a huge mistake yes...but he is not a criminal.
By puppydog (6), east hampton on Jan 7, 10 3:35 PM
You misunderstood my statement. I meant no ill will towards the gentleman that was arrested.
However, oldhippies claim that he scores his best pot from cops is really pushing the envelope of credibility, and THAT tends to distort anything good that oldhipie may have to say.

I previously posted that this fellow is innocent till proven guilty and he should not be judged on a newspaper story.

FWIW, I fully support any efforts to at least decriminalize maryjane if not legalizing ...more
By Terry (380), Southampton on Jan 7, 10 6:21 PM
Such bull. Total setup, the police had no choice to bust him or the jerks would have gone to the news.

I don't smoke pot, but we are only talking about pot, not a big deal.
By East End Guy (21), Southampton on Jan 7, 10 1:27 PM
It is to bulletheads.
By oldhippie (10), East Hampton on Jan 7, 10 2:52 PM
Why were INS's comments removed ?
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Jan 7, 10 5:17 PM
speaking of no comments allowed on certain stories, why no comments allowed on the stories regarding the two felony DWIs with children in the car?
Back on track, the truth will come out in court, it's unfortunate that the gentleman in question's name is being dragged through the mud for possesing what you can grow in your garden.
By bigfresh (3909), north sea on Jan 7, 10 5:36 PM
I am still curious about the anonymous tip from Florida on the basis of which the East Hampton P.D. set up a roadblock especially for Mr. Bousson. As someone stated above, if he consented to the search then probable cause is irrelevant. However, an anonymous tip by itself is not enough.
By highhatsize (3794), East Quogue on Jan 7, 10 6:25 PM
Incorrect. An anonymous tip received via a recorded fax transaction, or phone conversation must be investigated by the police department. It is a responsibility, liability, and a duty of law enforcement to entertain all tips as if they are real and credible. driving while ability imparied by drugs is a less common, but no less serious traffic infraction.
By SunshineBOO! (10), East Hampton on Jan 8, 10 1:28 AM
He may have consented because he was unaware what was in his truck.
By Dr.Rhythm (10), E.Hampton on Jan 8, 10 9:46 PM
Newsday's version of a "roadblock" may be much different that which we may think it it is. It also refers to a "checkpoint" more than once in the article, it sounds like that is what it was.
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Jan 7, 10 7:31 PM
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By Dr.Rhythm (10), E.Hampton on Jan 7, 10 10:07 PM
BREAKING NEWS.................
Some of us in town are talking about a fund for Don to help with his legal fees.
I think we all can agree she has wiped him out financially. She has!
Details will follow as soon as we have this set up.
Can I get some feedback on this please?
By Dr.Rhythm (10), E.Hampton on Jan 7, 10 10:35 PM
Dr Rythym, your defense of your friend is admirable. When people are suggesting that he was "set up" does that mean he didn't know about the pot in his car? If this is the case than I will gladly throw into his defense. But, Dr Rythym, you seem to suggest that he was a habitual user, and if that is the case than it may have been his. If the "set up" was merely him being turned in to the PD, than I must take exception to your rantings on this blog.

If the pot was his, and he knew about ...more
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jan 8, 10 3:44 AM
Ok so Don (who I have known for years ) got caught set up or not. It doesn't matter. This is his first offense. So now East Hampton Town Board, do the right thing and give Don a chance at rehab, with out loss of job and pension. The guys not a criminal he's got a problem, an addiction, which is not a crime. As a loyal and valuable Town employee for 21 years he deserves at least one shot at taking care of his problem before you throw him out with the trash. How many of these Cops and how many of ...more
By bdfl (3), fort lauderdale on Jan 8, 10 7:18 AM
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The guy broke the law. How much clearer can that get? Hello? He deserves full punishment under the law. I don't want some gun-carrying, doobie-dragging, fuzzy-headed guy behind the wheel of a boat or car. Pay the price and serve your time behind bars. Sorry.
By Dayo (33), Sag Harbor on Jan 8, 10 8:55 AM
Lets not get too carried away with it -- he was not armed when stopped.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Jan 8, 10 11:54 AM
I am wondering, is the name calling really necessary?
By wondering (63), Southampton on Jan 8, 10 5:59 PM
police officers..do they get alcohol and drug tested?? and was he driving drunk or under the influence??
By gansetteer (125), East Hampton on Jan 8, 10 10:36 AM
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By oldhippie (10), East Hampton on Jan 8, 10 12:13 PM
To SunshineBOO!:

As far as I can tell, an uncorroborated anonymous tip is NOT sufficient grounds for stopping and searching a vehicle.

(FLORIDA, PETITIONER v. J.L., [120 S.Ct. 135], March 20, 2000)

(The United States Supreme Court, on March 29, 2000, handed down a decision that limits the power of police in stopping (and frisking) suspects. In a rare unanimous decision, the Court held that the mere fact that police had received an uncorroborated anonymous tip describing ...more
By highhatsize (3794), East Quogue on Jan 8, 10 2:51 PM
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It doesn't sound like this tip was a uncorroborated or anonymous, especially given the specificity of the information. But I guess we will find out.
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Jan 9, 10 7:51 AM
The article states it was an anonymous tip but can we believe all that we read in the news ? I also read somewhere that the person who ratted out Don also knew his social security number so it doesn't sound so "anonymous" to me.


Furthermore, to all the people playing this down on behalf of Don, where in the law does it exempt Harbormasters from smoking weed? On the water there is a zero tolerance law for boaters. You could have your boat confiscated over one joint. So let me ...more
By Bilge Water (131), East Hampton on Jan 8, 10 3:49 PM
Bilge,

No one ever said that the man was stoned on the job or stoned off the job. All that was stated was that he was stopped on an anonymous tip saying that he had marijuana in his automobile. Period. Don't expand on what is known thus far I think everyone will agree, including Don, that as a law enforcement officer, it is never correct to be stoned on the job, nor should it be tolerated....or on any job requiring responsibility..

I, for one, would like to participate in his ...more
By oldhippie (10), East Hampton on Jan 8, 10 5:04 PM
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I for one truly believe that not one of our local Peace Officers would ever even concider being stoned on the job. But, what they do behind closed doors should be their business.
OldHippie is right. He was stopped and some weed was found in his truck. That is it.
It was planted more than likely.
By Dr.Rhythm (10), E.Hampton on Jan 8, 10 9:33 PM
"as a law enforcement officer, it is never correct to be stoned on the job"


All I'm saying is to get a job as a LEO you have to pass an extensive background check as well as a drug screening. A LEO is not permitted to smoke marijuana or use other illegal drugs at anytime. Whether on the job or on personal time. Sorry but, that is the law.


By Bilge Water (131), East Hampton on Jan 8, 10 5:35 PM
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By oldhippie (10), East Hampton on Jan 8, 10 7:00 PM
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Friggin hilarious, every law enforcent official in this day and age, should be subject to random drug testing, that way it insures standards of conduct. Law Enforcement, get it? Integrity, loyalty etc. Of course we all empathy for the man, but certain titles carry certain reponsibilities to uphold the law.
Here in this town though, the wand is waived subjectively, whether it be budget, immigration enforcement, incomes taxes, sales tax reporting, or allowing comflict of interest.
By Observer1 (5), East Hampton on Jan 8, 10 7:21 PM
A lot of small minded people who hail from Bonac are currently located in Florida, one may have thought it a good idea after consuming a few Buds (suds not veggies) to reck this dudes future. Maybe someone you know, doubt it's the ex. It will come out in the wash, and then there's always karma. Ahh the drama, gives us some "action" in the still of winter. Takes the heat off all the other Stupidity of the "leaders" sorry "losers" in charge. Let's see now how's the school constructiuon law suit coming ...more
By BlackDog (47), East Hampton on Jan 8, 10 7:34 PM
It WAS his soon to be X.
And by the way she also loves the DRAMA for a little "action" as well.
I think most of us could live without it just fine.
By Dr.Rhythm (10), E.Hampton on Jan 8, 10 9:22 PM
Speaking on The Tony Kornheiser Show Friday, Carville laid out, or unzipped, his vision for airport security.
It seems the debate over full body security scans just got a lot more graphic, thanks to the Democratic political strategist and frequent flyer . Carville said: This is not good, Airport scanners can 'measure my penis'

Maybe we should start scanning town workers before they start their shift!
By joe hampton (3230), south hampton on Jan 9, 10 1:37 PM
Who says he got stoned while on the job? there is a difference between social use and using on the job. i dont see a problem with it
By East End Guy (21), Southampton on Jan 9, 10 2:28 PM
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It's done. Let's just let it go.
Success is the best revenge.
Best of luck Don!!!
By Dr.Rhythm (10), E.Hampton on Jan 9, 10 5:11 PM
HHS, Bayman1, and Bilge Water,

Thank you for your comments above.

I would like to limit this response to a narrow legal issue or two per my 1/5 comment and your subsequent replies. The broader issues (his Ex [pun intended], should MJ be legal, and all subsidiary issues, etc.) are still on the table IMO.

What really bothers me here is that some anonymous person, apparently in Florida, seems to have called the CrimeStoppers hotline and, in effect, ORDERED the EHPD to set ...more
By PBR (4883), Southampton on Jan 11, 10 5:02 PM
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PS -- Please click on "more" link under comment above to view previous post. Why 27east has chosen to shorten the comments viewable on-screen is not clear.
By PBR (4883), Southampton on Jan 11, 10 5:33 PM
You watch Law and Order too much.
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Jan 12, 10 9:52 AM
Hey Bayman1,

Post the information requested, and give us all permission to make the anonymous call to have a roadblock set up for you!

This is not a TV show for Mr. Bousson, at this point, and it is likely IMO that his Constitutional rights were violated.

Again, post your personal information and permission for anyone in the country to make the call to CrimeStoppers.

If you are unwilling to do this, please explain why.
By PBR (4883), Southampton on Jan 12, 10 1:30 PM
I did not get caught with a half pound of weed therefore, not likely.
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Jan 13, 10 11:55 AM
Anyone else caught with that amount of pot in their car would definitely be charged with intent to sell. What are they going to charge him with? Intent to make and donate brownies to the entire town?
By lulubelle1956 (24), Westhampton Beach on Jan 11, 10 7:46 PM
Wow, lulubelle, what a great idea!
By oldhippie (10), East Hampton on Jan 14, 10 12:22 PM
This just needs to go away for awhile people.
Please, do Don the favor of resisting to comment until the hearing is over.
Let him have a little Peace. The damage his wife has done is just that, DONE.
Speculation is not helping him at all.
By Dr.Rhythm (10), E.Hampton on Jan 12, 10 2:57 PM
First of all let's keep one thing in mind the cornerstone of our legal system is the presumption of innocence – being considered innocent until proven guilty – is a legal right that the accused have his day in court to determine whether Don is guilty or not guilty. The law is the law, and if he is proven guilty then an appropriate sentencing will be determined. In reading the posts thus far, some very curious circumstances are of concern regarding Don’s arrest. The most disturbing is an anonymous ...more
By hamptons hypnotist (2), Westhampton Beach on Jan 14, 10 10:04 AM
Right on.
By oldhippie (10), East Hampton on Jan 14, 10 12:24 PM
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By BH Guy (1), Bridgehampton on Jan 14, 10 3:30 PM
Why did you delete my post ? Just letting friends of his know that he is not losing his pension, as reported by another local paper. Is there that much competition among hamptons newspapers that you guys are jealous they got the story first ?
By BH Guy (1), Bridgehampton on Jan 14, 10 3:37 PM
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