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Jul 5, 2011 12:11 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Twelve Drug Arrests In Hampton Bays Over Fourth of July Weekend

Jul 5, 2011 6:55 PM

A dozen Long Island residents were arrested on drug charges by the Southampton Town Police Department’s Street Crime Unit over the Fourth of July weekend at the Beach Bar and in the Tiana Beach parking lot, both in Hampton Bays. Police said they seized an assortment of cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine, Xanax, testosterone and marijuana, as well as $3,000 in U.S. currency as a result of the arrests.

Police said Eduard Khaspabov, 37, of Southampton sold cocaine to an undercover police officer at the Beach Bar on Foster Avenue shortly after 3 a.m. on Sunday. Mr. Khaspabov was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, both felonies.

The day prior, Ryan T. Oates and Michael J. Gibbard, both 32-year-old Coram residents, were seen by the authorities sitting together in a car in the Tiana Beach parking lot on Dune Road shortly after 4:30 p.m., when police said Mr. Oates hid cocaine in his pants before entering the neighboring Neptune Beach Club. Further investigation revealed the pair was in possession of cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine, unprescribed testosterone and marijuana, police said.

Mr. Oates and Mr. Gibbard were each slapped with identical charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third and fourth degrees, both felonies, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor. Mr. Gibbard was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a felony, and criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree, a misdemeanor, while Mr. Oates was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Also in the Tiana Beach parking lot, on Monday, shortly after 1 p.m., Michael J. Saladino, 22, of Centereach, Craig Procida, 35, of Middle Island, Brittany Procida, 23, of Brookhaven, and Jessica Guzman, 20, of Ronkonkoma were seen by the authorities sitting together in a car, with Mr. Procida hiding a bag containing several containers of ketamine in his shoe. Police said further investigation revealed that Ms. Procida was also in possession of ketamine and 45 ecstasy pills. Ms. Guzman had 16 ecstasy pills and Mr. Saladino had four of the pills.

Ms. Procida was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth and fifth degrees, both felonies, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor. Ms. Guzman was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth and fifth degrees, both felonies. Mr. Procida was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a felony, while Mr. Saladino was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor.

In the Beach Bar parking lot over the weekend, Henry P. Kurz, 27, of Center Moriches, Daniel R. Pelosi, 25, of East Moriches, and Thomas R. Banducci, 23, of Manorville were observed by police sitting in a vehicle ingesting cocaine. Each was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor.

In addition, a 22-year-old Hampton Bays man and 21-year-old Williston Park woman were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, in separate incidents in the Tiana Beach parking lot on Monday.

The defendants charged with felonies were to be arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court on Tuesday, according to Town Police Sergeant James Kiernan. The others are to be arraigned on July 20, he said.

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I wonder what it cost the taxpayers for police services to make such a small bust?
By left eq (25), Southampton on Jul 5, 11 1:23 PM
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So should the police only arrest the offenders if the amount of drugs is over a certain threshold in your opinion? These people are almost always drug dealers (note the quanitiy, or the fact that they are selling to undercovers) and many users leave these establishments with their cars while under the influence. I'm OK with paying for police to arrest drug dealers and drug users if it means one less intoxicated driver on the road.

Additionally, how do you know that one of these arrests ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 5, 11 2:06 PM
that's the silliest thing I have ever heard! how about the cost to taxpayers had they not been busted. you know, in something a little more valuable then your precious $0.04 that went towards this so called bust - your friends or family members when one of these dolts decide to drive head first into your car as you unwittingly drive home from a nice out to dinner with your spouse. c'mon, use your head.
By kaluss (113), Southampton on Jul 6, 11 11:16 AM
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its not costing tax payers anything extra weather they make small busts or big busts they done get payed anymore. what about how much it would have cost to get a med evac helicopter when they got into a accident driving high and hit someone.
By semperfi9263 (23), quogue on Jul 20, 11 8:49 AM
And I wonder when the town is going to shut these dumps down. Enough already!
By Tay (30), Hampton Bays on Jul 5, 11 1:34 PM
Tiana Beach, the site of most of these alleged crimes, is a valuable public resource - why should it be closed?
By VOS (1089), WHB on Jul 5, 11 3:00 PM
We need to stop wasting police resources on Marijuana busts. Legalize it!
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Jul 5, 11 1:48 PM
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Z how can you agree with this clown ...Were do you see in this story it was about just pot.I am all for the legalization of Marijuana. But thats not what these criminals were pedaling now was it razza.
By joe hampton (3109), south hampton on Jul 7, 11 10:06 PM
You won't complain about the Police when they sell to your kids. And yes shut down the eye sore places, Dream and Neptunes....
By 1640sWhaler (70), Sag Harbor/Easthampton on Jul 5, 11 5:05 PM
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Time to shut down the bars that caterr to the UTI (up the Island) dirt bags!
By bigfresh (3504), north sea on Jul 5, 11 5:24 PM
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So by UTI or "Up the Island" you mean the thousands of New York City residents that are "dirt bags" or are you just judging the few idiots that are stupid enough to sell drugs at clubs out here when they know police will be under cover. These clubs are only open a few months a year and most of the owners (keyword most) do everything they can to run a clean ship. What about the people that enjoy having a few drinks and frequenting these establishments?
By surfguy1 (2), Westhampton Beach on Jul 5, 11 5:55 PM
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What is the point? If we hadn't criminalized these recreational drugs there would be no salesmen at the beach. The effect of a century of prohibition has been to magnify the presence of recreational drugs a thousand-fold by making them highly profitable to criminal vendors, and to provide rock star lifestyles to psychopathic homicidal narco lords. We have also saddled hundreds of thousands of young men and women with drug rap sheets to poison the rest of their lives.

Our drug policies ...more
By highhatsize (3566), East Quogue on Jul 5, 11 8:41 PM
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Doesn't the reefer we pushed India to make illegal, finance the black market heroin trade?

Total crash and burn...
By Mr. Z (10155), North Sea on Jul 5, 11 8:46 PM
That's all they found? Cocaine is about as common (and good) as cash at any club in TOS or EH after midnight.
By milkdilk (46), Southampton on Jul 5, 11 9:55 PM
Wow its tough out there for law enforcement...damned if you damned if you don't
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Jul 5, 11 10:47 PM
Ketamine can be used as a date rape drug. I'm glad the cops caught these creeps.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jul 5, 11 11:38 PM
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By UTI DIRTBAGS I mean the brain dead crowd of drunken, drugged up low lifes that frequent the establishments in question. These folks bring nothing but trouble to our communities during the summer season.
By bigfresh (3504), north sea on Jul 6, 11 7:04 AM
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to goldenrod:

The #1 Date Rape Drug is alcohol. We should outlaw alcohol!

OOOps! Already tried that. It CREATED national organized crime. The outlawing of other recreational drugs (including ketamine) has simply increased the affluence and power of narco criminals.

Not to mention the fact that we now devote billions of dollars annually to police forces that only exacerbate the problem. Since the paradoxical effect of the efforts of anti-drug forces is to increase ...more
By highhatsize (3566), East Quogue on Jul 6, 11 11:37 AM
to Nature:

Contrary to your assertion that the STPD almost always arrests DEALERS, a year ago the it ran an expensive undercover op at the Neptune Beach Club that netted 20 USERS. I noted at that time that it was a stunning waste of resources.

Since STPD patrol cars hang around the club like sharks around a school of baitfish, the chance that any of the "drug addicts" would otherwise be able to drive off and run over "little Johnny" (as posters countered) is remote.

A ...more
By highhatsize (3566), East Quogue on Jul 6, 11 2:32 PM
Just out of curiosity, how much do you think that "expensive" sting at Neptune cost?
By concerned citizen (41), Hampton Bays on Jul 6, 11 10:23 PM
By busting as many USERS as possible, these dirtbags might find another place to get their drugs. Imagine that, less low lifes crowding our towns in the summer, less problems for the law abiding among us, safer streets. Our police should make it as uncomfortable as possible for both the dealers and users, we don't need any of them!
By bigfresh (3504), north sea on Jul 6, 11 4:48 PM
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Job well done STPD. Some of us actually appreciate your hard work.
By concerned citizen (41), Hampton Bays on Jul 6, 11 10:28 PM
Responsible, taxpaying, CASUAL users ARE NOT the problem in our society.

Abusers, however...
By Mr. Z (10155), North Sea on Jul 6, 11 11:09 PM
to concerned citizen:

I no longer have access to the article, but I seem to remember that six cops took part, not including others on local patrol. So, a conservative estimate would be 48 man-hours, possibly double that when planning, execution, booking and court time are included. That to bust party goers whose crime is to use unapproved recreational drugs in addition to the approved one.

It would certainly be nice if the STPD Brass would break down the cost of ops like this ...more
By highhatsize (3566), East Quogue on Jul 7, 11 1:05 PM
I think it was a job well done by Southampton Town however, is this really news worthy? Twelve people were arrested over the ENTIRE weekend and many are acting like this is the end of the world. Between all the clubs in question, we are talking about well over 15, 20,000 people total that probably frequented these clubs over the weekend and there were only TWELVE arrests? If this isnt considered blown out of proportion, I dont know what is.
By surfguy1 (2), Westhampton Beach on Jul 7, 11 4:24 PM
punishments too weak. they get their high power attorneys to come and get the charges reduced to a fine that they gladly pay with ease, then they do it all over again the following weekend.

Good work on the police end of it though!
By unjustifiedjustice2 (35), East Quogue on Jul 7, 11 4:39 PM
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By local 84 (321), riverhead on Jul 7, 11 10:23 PM
"The man"? What a load of crap. Who exactly are "our people"? You're talking about equal justice for all americans, right? The only thing Obama wants is to be re-elected. I worked hard my entire life for the little bit that I have. I'll be damned if I let anyone free ride off my back.

By concerned citizen (41), Hampton Bays on Jul 8, 11 1:24 AM
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By local69 (65), southampton on Jul 8, 11 7:07 AM
us, us, I, we, us, us, our people, us, we, I, we we, I, we, me.
By local69 (65), southampton on Jul 8, 11 7:13 AM
How come they missed Dream Club that weekend?
By longislander40 (37), hampton bays on Jul 7, 11 11:44 PM
Because SHTP made the owner fire certain people who work there in exchange for leaving them alone.
By youknowwho (3), East End on Jul 8, 11 11:29 AM
You would have made one hell of a Nazi home boy.Blindly follow the Fuhrer.
By bigfresh (3504), north sea on Jul 8, 11 6:46 AM
One more in a long line of puerile, nasty, ugly comments from bigfresh.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Jul 8, 11 10:04 AM
yea, nice bust guys....3 thousand dollars worth. get real. find something better to do.
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Jul 8, 11 9:23 AM
yo slammin, why don't you worry about what you have going on up there in the lovely moriches, and we'll keep track of the goings on here. but before you go, what exactly is more important or better for cops to do besides busting people that are breaking the law?
By local69 (65), southampton on Jul 11, 11 4:06 PM
Local 84 is my union whats the matter you cant come up with an orignal idea
By local 84 (321), riverhead on Jul 11, 11 5:58 PM
Local 69 is mine. We work on carpets...
By local69 (65), southampton on Jul 12, 11 7:13 AM
Busting low level drug dealers and users results in a better quality of life for the law abiding taxpayer. Thanks SHPD
By bigfresh (3504), north sea on Jul 11, 11 9:17 PM
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Responsible use, does not constitute abuse.

But, you already know that...
By Mr. Z (10155), North Sea on Jul 12, 11 10:29 PM
Although I agree with you, it's still illegal. Responsible or not.
By concerned citizen (41), Hampton Bays on Jul 12, 11 10:51 PM
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