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Nov 13, 2012 11:41 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police: Riverside Man Tried To Swallow Crack During Drug Bust

Nov 15, 2012 4:24 PM

A Riverside man who tried to swallow crack cocaine during a recent drug bust by Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas J. Spota’s East End Drug Task Force, faces several drug charges.

Spencer J. Hobson, 45, whose arrest report lists his occupation as “drug dealer,” was seen conducting a drug transaction and attempted to swallow the drugs when task force members approached him shortly before 1 p.m. on November 2 at his Vail Avenue home, according to Southampton Town Police, who participate in the task force.

Officers recovered the drugs, namely crack cocaine that Mr. Hobson tried to swallow, as well as additional quantities of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana and heroin. They also located and seized cash, packaging materials and scales.

Mr. Hobson was arrested at 12:58 p.m. at his home and charged with third-, fourth-, and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all felonies, as well as seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, following a long-term narcotics investigation by the task force, which said he conspired to distribute narcotics throughout the East End. He was additionally charged with second-degree conspiracy, a felony, for his involvement in another drug investigation that has since ended.

Cops: Man Shoves Officer, Faces Drug Charges

Two people were arrested in their car in a bowling alley parking lot on Saturday night in Northampton, with one facing drug charges after police found a quantity of crack cocaine in his possession.

Charles H. Gamble, 31, of East Quogue was arrested by Southampton Town Police in the Wildwood Lanes bowling alley parking lot on Lake Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. and charged with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, as well as resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment and unlawful possession of marijuana, both violations.

Rashell L. Gamble, 31, of Calverton, was arrested a short time later after fleeing from police and charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor, and an open-container violation.

Police could not say how or whether the pair was related.

Police said they saw Mr. Gamble with marijuana while sitting with two other people, including Ms. Gamble, in a 2004 Honda Accord. When approached by police, Mr. Gamble refused to show his hands, exited the car against police commands to stay inside, shoved an officer in the chest and ran away. He was caught after a brief foot pursuit and being shocked by a Taser, police said. Mr. Gamble was found to have 35 individual bags of crack cocaine on him, police said.

Ms. Gamble was taken into custody at 12:42 a.m. at an undisclosed location. Police said she was in possession of marijuana and an open bottle of alcohol in the Honda, but she failed to comply with directions and ran away, preventing officers from issuing a summons.

Caregiver Arrested

A caregiver at a home for the developmentally disabled in Hampton Bays was nabbed by Southampton Town Police last week after they said he used his employer’s credit card to steal gasoline over a five-month period.

Marquise D. Greene, 23, of Mastic was arrested at 5:17 p.m. on November 7 at police headquarters in Hampton Bays and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony.

Police said that from June to October, Mr. Greene, a caregiver for the Independent Group Home Living in Hampton Bays, used his employer’s Fleet gas card at various gas stations to fuel his personal vehicle, buying more than $1,000 worth of gas.

Pub Assault

Two East Quogue men were arrested early on Sunday after a fight at an East Quogue bar.

Southampton Town Police said they responded to the Quogue East Pub on Montauk Highway about 1:45 a.m. after the fight was reported.

Anthony P. Prosano and Justin J. Suarez, both 24, were arrested at 4:16 a.m. and 2:58 a.m., respectively, at the scene. Each was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

Mr. Prosano hit a man over the head with a beer bottle, giving the victim a laceration, while Mr. Suarez struck the man with a pool stick, causing swelling and a head laceration, police said.

The victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for the treatment of minor injuries, police said.

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