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Aug 3, 2017 2:50 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Three Men Arrested By East End Drug Task Force, Charged With Selling Drugs In Southampton Town

Aug 8, 2017 3:33 PM

Three men were arrested last week and charged with multiple felonies, accused of distributing illegal drugs within the Town of Southampton.

Southampton Town Police said a long-term investigation into narcotic sales led to the arrest of Skender Selimaj, 59, of Hampton Bays at his home on Hyler Drive on Wednesday, August 2. Two other defendants, Xavier Gee, 30, of Southampton and Sebatian Demartini, 30, of East Hampton, had been arrested at their homes by the East End Drug Task Force at about 3:30 p.m. on July 27 as part of the same investigation.

Police said Mr. Selimaj, the owner and operator of Kevin’s Taxi, based in Hampton Bays, was arrested after an undercover officer bought cocaine from him. The officer would call Mr. Selimaj’s company and ask for “Kevin”—his nickname—and place an order for cocaine, police said, which Mr. Selimaj would deliver in his taxi. When Mr. Selimaj was arrested, police noted, he was found to be in possession of cocaine.

The East End Drug Task Force executed a warrant at Mr. Selimaj’s home, where they recovered 900 individually packaged bags of cocaine—each containing one-half gram of the drug—along with U.S. currency, computers, a large quantity of packaging material and scales, police said. Police also said they recovered and secured two loaded handguns, for which Mr. Selimaj had permits.

Mr. Selimaj was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, five counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, all felonies.

Mr. Selimaj was taken to Town Police headquarters in Hampton Bays, where he was processed and held overnight. He was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside after failing to post $40,000 cash bail.

Nearly a week before Mr. Selimaj’s arrest, Mr. Gee was arrested by police at his home after an investigation determined that he was selling cocaine in the Town of Southampton. Mr. Gee was charged with two counts of felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Police did not say how much cocaine Mr. Gee was accused of selling.

Mr. Gee was processed and held for arraignment at Town Police headquarters.

Mr. Demartini, police said, was arrested at his home in East Hampton Town on the same day as Mr. Gee, and was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies. Police said Mr. Demartini was found to be in possession of 134 bags of heroin. Police did not say how much heroin was in each bag.

Mr. Demartini was also processed and held for arraignment at Town Police headquarters. His bail was set at $20,000.

Town Police did not say if there was any further connection between the three men, beyond all being arrested as part of the East End Drug Task Force’s investigation.

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Great Job by the men and women in Blue.. Keep up the Good Work. Thank you...
By Tomjulie (15), Hampton Bays on Aug 3, 17 2:54 PM
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Agreed. Good to see our men in blue roll up these networks. It's a hard and dangerous job, and somewhat akin to playing whack-a-mole. Hopefully, Selimaj AKA "Kevin" will give up the names of his suppliers and so on and so on. Purging narcotics dealers from our community is probally the number one way to improve crime stats because of all the knock-on effects those drugs bring with them.
By winkelby (34), westhampton on Aug 6, 17 8:47 AM
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Well done getting rid of the scourge of Southampton.
Job well done by out local law enforcement...
By knitter (754), Southampton on Aug 3, 17 3:29 PM
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Crappy job by the Judge who set such low and skip-able bail !
Have you spanked a bad Judge today ?
By pw herman (562), southampton on Aug 3, 17 6:10 PM
Was going thinking the exact same thing pw
By itsamazing (201), Southampton on Aug 3, 17 6:31 PM
Hmmm. Local taxi company.

Try getting an Uber driver to sell you some blow. Just saying...
By Draggerman (626), Southampton on Aug 3, 17 9:54 PM
Probably a shade harder to trace. And, perhaps rather closet clientele...
By Mr. Z (9040), North Sea on Aug 3, 17 10:06 PM
Z, what are you even saying?
By Pacman (43), Southampton on Aug 4, 17 12:50 PM
For all the NIMBYs who are anti-Uber, here's your upstanding local cab driver. I'm sure he's been paying his fair share of taxes all these years too.
By Pacman (43), Southampton on Aug 4, 17 10:43 AM
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I hate taxi companies. Friggin' gougers..but now I feel sorry for him.
By lirider (157), Hampton Bays on Aug 4, 17 10:36 PM
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By toes in the water (501), southampton on Aug 5, 17 6:17 AM
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By mtkfish (58), montauk on Aug 8, 17 9:50 AM
I am proud of Southampton Town PD.
By watchdog1 (384), Southampton on Aug 9, 17 5:04 PM
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