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Aug 10, 2012 7:25 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Drug Task Force Announces Felony Drug Arrest

Aug 15, 2012 10:06 AM

Southampton Town Police have announced another major drug arrest on the East End, marking the fifth arrest by the East End Drug Task Force in three weeks.

James R. Connolly, 30, of Hampton Bays was arrested by the task force at 7:55 a.m. on July 29 at a Joysan Court residence in Hampton Bays and charged with three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony. After an investigation that 
spanned several months, Mr. Connolly was found to be selling prescription pain pills in the Hampton Bays area on several occasions, police said on Friday.

He pleaded not guilty at an arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court the day of his arrest, court officials said. He is due back in court on Wednesday, August 22, at 9 a.m.

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some things never change.....
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Aug 10, 12 8:12 PM
Nope. As long as people want to purchase drugs, there will be someone to sell them.
By dnice (2345), Hampton Bays on Aug 10, 12 8:41 PM
Great job by Chief Wilson
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 10, 12 9:53 PM
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Great. Another $$60K/yr. room and board charge for incarcerating a drug dealer whose position will be filled instantaneously by a NEW drug dealer who will eventually be busted and cost us another $$60K/yr. for HIS room and board and whose position will be filled instantaneously by yet another new drug dealer who will eventually be busted ...
By highhatsize (4147), East Quogue on Aug 11, 12 1:54 AM
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Perhaps we can follow the example set by the HBO series the wire and create an area called "hamsterdam" and make everything legal in that area or maybe we could just execute them. It would save the 60K a year and would be a strong detterent. Seriously though do you have an alternative solution or are you just whining
By razza5350 (1910), East Hampton on Aug 11, 12 5:50 AM
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What's the alternative HHS? Please, tell me what YOU would do if you were the police chief
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Aug 11, 12 2:50 PM
Never anything good to say, If the police do there jobs... complaints, if the police seem to not do their jobs.... complaints about there pay and laziness.
By Unkown Local (18), southampton on Aug 11, 12 10:01 PM
Execute "them" ? perhaps we should execute all alcoholics as well, for that too is a dangerous drug. I personally would be all for executing all those who execute others for their bad habbits.
Basically what i am trying to say is if you think that you should be a deciding factor as to who will be executed, then you yourself are up for execution review based on the opinion of others...
"Keep your words soft and tender, for one day you may have to eat them"
By year round (22), southampton on Aug 14, 12 10:38 AM
i was being sarcastic. thought that was obvious... Guess for some people it wasnt
By razza5350 (1910), East Hampton on Aug 14, 12 11:28 PM
HHS just keeps whinning-he has no alternative to arrest and jail. Law enforcement is just a necessary expense of protecting society. And for his information his $60K/yr number is very low. The actual cost of arresting someone, having them go thru and legal system, and keeping them locked up is well over $100K for the first year.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 11, 12 8:26 AM
This must be like shooting fish in a barrel! With this many busts - they must be working off the list of Hero Sickles suppliers. Or, the list of SHTPD untouchables?

How is Hero Sickles? Still in rehab? While I applaud the busts - this could have been done years ago if our own Street Crime Unit actually did their jobs instead of doing the drugs themselves.
By G (338), Southampton on Aug 11, 12 10:10 AM
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This is kind of harsh. It takes time to infiltrate a drug network. Undercover cops need to make several buys starting with the low guys to work their way up the ladder. It sucks that there were officers taking pills but at least the dept is in a new direction and making good arrests.
By unjustifiedjustice2 (35), East Quogue on Aug 12, 12 9:20 AM
to EastEnd68:

The alternative to arrest and jail is the legalization of all recreational drugs and control of their use via information, education and therapy and we do with alcohol.

The $$60K comes from the Vera Institute. Better to be accused of understatement than exaggeration.

As the repeated busts out her have shown, the current policy is utterly feckless. It is insane to spend all that money and effort for an outcome that is exactly the same as if we did nothing ...more
Aug 11, 12 12:29 PM appended by highhatsize
A decade after legalization in Portugal, recreational drug use has significantly decreased and enrollment in treatment programs has significantly increased. We should follow its lead.
By highhatsize (4147), East Quogue on Aug 11, 12 12:29 PM
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Please tell us what you consider "recreational drugs" and if there are any drugs you would not include in the category, not control the use thereof and continue to prosecute their sale and possession.
By VOS (1224), WHB on Aug 11, 12 1:14 PM
He was selling prescription pills, not recreational drugs. Prescription pills are legal and regulated. So if we do the same with recreational drugs…is it really going to alleviate, the illegal sale of recreational drugs?
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Aug 15, 12 3:43 PM
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Recreational drug use has existed for millennia. Treat the same as alcohol and prescription drugs. Tax and regulate. The rich simply get Rx drugs at will from a doctor, a luxury the middle class and poor cannot afford.

Gov. Rockefeller sent thousands to prison in the 60's almost FIFTY years ago. Look at all the results that produced in reducing drug use. Not!

Keep criminal actions which you think drugs "cause" and recognize that drugs do not cause any crime. Humans cause crime! ...more
By Nero (290), Sag Harbor on Aug 11, 12 12:59 PM
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Ask a drug addict what that bag of cocaine makes them do......Stop being so ignorant to the fact that drug addiction is a problem that afflicts so many people.
By wishin4amillion2 (2), Hampton Bays on Aug 15, 12 4:46 AM
I have to say I now agree with HHS-treat drugs like we do alcohol and the problems will be reduced. Good idea.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 11, 12 1:23 PM
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LOl yeah we have done sooo well with alcohol , taxing and therapy....yeah thats kept drunks off the road. Smh
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Aug 11, 12 1:25 PM
It is not the substance that should be put to question, but the substance of the person which should be put to question.

Until PEOPLE change their ways it doesn't matter how many people you fine or incarcerate.

Blaming a substance is just a pathetic cop out.
By Mr. Z (11551), North Sea on Aug 11, 12 1:38 PM
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Damn right. We should probably blame bad parenting more than anything.
By dnice (2345), Hampton Bays on Aug 11, 12 4:50 PM
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Check the "Dreamer" thread.

What I'm "on", is there...
By Mr. Z (11551), North Sea on Aug 13, 12 8:31 PM
Good job officers!!! Keep up the good work!
By Unkown Local (18), southampton on Aug 11, 12 10:03 PM
to Nature & VOS:

I find no fault with the police. They are tasked with enforcing the law, not making it. If they did not enforce the drug laws and it became common knowledge that Southampton Town, alone of all municipalities in the USA, permitted recreational drug use, users would come here to party for precisely that reason. I have never maintained that recreational drug use is harmless, just that the way we are trying to control it is stupid. My quarrel is with the legislatures (state ...more
By highhatsize (4147), East Quogue on Aug 12, 12 1:16 AM
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Ironic that you should use the fake Einstein quote in this thread when it actually appears to have come first from a handbook from Narcotics Anonymous in 1982 then from novelist Rita Mae Brown in 1983. I always thought your research was more accurate than this Hat. Oh, the shattered dreams of childhood.
By VOS (1224), WHB on Aug 14, 12 11:50 PM
Mea culpa. Apparently the earliest appearance of this quote in print is in "Sudden Death" by Rita Mae Brown. Presumably it was credited to Einstein for the same reason that the good lines are given to Winston Churchill. Were I the devious sort, I would claim to have deliberately misattributed it in order to prolong appreciation of its substance by the discussion of its authenticity, but that's just serendipity.
By highhatsize (4147), East Quogue on Aug 15, 12 12:33 PM
to Nature & VOS:

I find no fault with the police. They are tasked with enforcing the law, not making it. If they did not enforce the drug laws and it became common knowledge that Southampton Town, alone of all municipalities in the USA, permitted recreational drug use, users would come here to party for precisely that reason. I have never maintained that recreational drug use is harmless, just that the way we are trying to control it is stupid. My quarrel is with the legislatures (state ...more
By highhatsize (4147), East Quogue on Aug 12, 12 1:16 AM
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That is not the definition just a quote. How can you honestly sit there and preach to legalize all drugs? They are against the law because they are highly addictive and dangerous. I do agree that incarceration is very expensive but how is this for an alternative: private prisons. Takes the cost off of taxpayers back and reduces overcrowding.
By unjustifiedjustice2 (35), East Quogue on Aug 12, 12 9:30 AM
Finally, after 1250 posts we know why HHS is delusional, irrational and nonsensical. We also now know about the name - Highhatsize - it is because of the need for extra room due to the expanding cranium from the steroid use. HHS thinks a bigger head means a smarter person. Wow, what an existence. How do you spell one messed up dude? One messed up dude!!!!
By hohum123 (91), springs on Aug 12, 12 6:32 PM
to hohum123:

Quote: " HHS thinks a bigger head means a smarter person."

Yet another reactionary doesn't get it. Evidence continues to accumulate that the Brock University finding that conservatives are stupid is accurate.
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to unjustifiedjustice:

Yes, some recreational drugs are highly addictive and dangerous. For that reason, the state should formulate a program to ...more
By highhatsize (4147), East Quogue on Aug 13, 12 12:53 AM
seriously HH where do you dig this stuff up? A study by the Brock University? Really?
Should a drug dealer go to jail if he sells crack? How about selling to a minor? How about comitting a violent act while on drugs (is that excusable)? How about if the "high" person is involved in a motor vehichle accident? Where do yu draw the line? A "revenue" project? Give me a break
By razza5350 (1910), East Hampton on Aug 13, 12 12:30 PM
Actually, the Brock study was on the front page of msn.com the day Hat made his post - it's not hard to find.
By VOS (1224), WHB on Aug 14, 12 11:39 PM
People are going to always sell/buy drugs. So in a way HHS is right.. It is a vicious cycle. One goes in jail while another one is planning their next sale. I also think adults should be able to do what they want with their bodies..yes it obvious that prescription pills are highly addictive, but how does that affect anyone else but the addict? Unless of course they are driving around hopped up on pills or a minor is purchasing the product then that's a different story. The government feels the need ...more
By tranquility1985 (25), Westhampton on Aug 13, 12 8:30 AM
HHS is a pompous a$$. But he is right on target on this one. We have been led to believe for so long that sending people to prison to "punish" them for their behavior will change them. I think we have learned this is not so.
Keep in mind the original reason for outlawing marijuanna was that the white politicians didn't want their white kids doing things that black musicians were doing. If I am wrong, i would like to be shown thus.
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Aug 13, 12 9:22 AM
The only punishment for drugs should be monetary fines for both the seller and the user. No more jail time or state funded rehab programs. Make drugs a revenue project instead of an expense.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 13, 12 9:34 AM
Sure crack heads always have plenty of money.
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Aug 15, 12 10:28 PM
EastEnd68 Just for once think before you speak, This guy was a dealer not just a user. that means he was not a casualty of the problem it means he is the problem.
By They call me (2755), southampton on Aug 13, 12 1:15 PM
Oh he used....
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Aug 14, 12 10:45 PM
I did think-no jail time, no expenses
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 13, 12 1:46 PM
It is really not a surprise since you brain storm of the week was how we desperately need a gay bar in Hampton Bays, I am assuming you have no children of your own to be worried about getting hooked on this poison. How come your not concerned about the 5 trillion more dollars this president has added to the national debt?
By They call me (2755), southampton on Aug 13, 12 8:27 PM
I would suspect it is because it does not concern her. you can read her comments from the past and see 68 seems concerned only about what directly effects her small scope of concerns. gay rights, keeping her property taxes down,bashing locale republicans,she will get behind any progressive cause with a quick blurb then crawl back under a rock.
By joe hampton (3392), south hampton on Aug 13, 12 9:26 PM
Looks like he's his own best customer.
By HBPatriot (19), Hampton Bays on Aug 13, 12 2:13 PM
Recreational use of "drugs" has occured for millenia. We used to eat hemp leaves like salad greens. They are still rabbit food to this day.

The problem is not drugs. The problem is a lack of RESPONSIBILITY.
By Mr. Z (11551), North Sea on Aug 13, 12 8:43 PM
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Careful now Z, You may piss off the libs with a statement like that. Cant just run around all Willy nilly talking smack about personal responsibility.
By joe hampton (3392), south hampton on Aug 13, 12 9:15 PM
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Like all wars, as long as the "war on drugs" profits the powerful, it will continue.
By loading... (579), quiogue on Aug 14, 12 12:09 PM
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LOL, every one has the answers, don't they? Bill WIlson, keep up the good work as Chief!! EETF, keep up the good work buying and busting, its a dangerous job. Everyone has the answers and no one has the solutions. It's one at a time, One at a time. Rome wasn't built in a day. Alcoholics and drug addicts have been around FOREVER!!! We will never stop it. We just need to support the judicial system and back off telling everyone what to do. They are doing the best they can...
By Beed54 (4), Sag Harbor on Aug 14, 12 3:05 PM
"they are doing the best they can" ???

Sure, just like the fiddle section while Rome burned ......

Just like the deck crew of the Titanic rearranging deck chairs .....

Just like the 50,000 of our friends and families who died in Vietnam ......

Sure, send in more troops to Iraq and Afghanistan to fight wars which can't be won .... What is the body count so far including all combatants and civilians? .....

Our efforts to reduce drug use have FAILED !!!!!

They ...more
By Nero (290), Sag Harbor on Aug 14, 12 4:38 PM
Nero, We listened to you try and be cute but I failed to see where you presented your solution
By joe hampton (3392), south hampton on Aug 14, 12 7:59 PM
The "real" Nero burned Rome so he could have a larger, more palatial personal estate.

Do you "get it" yet, or should I explain things in greater depth?
By Mr. Z (11551), North Sea on Aug 15, 12 2:39 AM
Don't you people see what they are doing??? Because of the corruption and mishandling of cases, which led to 2 real drug dealers being let out of jail, they are trying to bolster their reputation. I love how everyone comments on this situation and really knows nothing, pure ignorance. They call this a huge drug bust, LOL, you people have no idea......If you guys only knew.....
By wishin4amillion2 (2), Hampton Bays on Aug 15, 12 4:29 AM
You obviously have no idea either.... the mishandling was under the old "street crime" not the EEDTF. The task force is finally making legitimate arrests in Southampton Town, you never saw that with street crime nor these types of arrests, they high fived each other for a bag of weed......
By mrobin (119), North Sea on Aug 15, 12 11:11 AM
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Are you aware that there was an STPD officer was working with the task force under Overton and the officer was part of 2 very large task force busts but it was conveniently left out of the press release that STPD was part of it when they listed the names of every other department involved? Coincedence? I don't think so. Are you aware of how many tips street crime gave the task force that led to task force busts? They did all the hard work and handed the cases over to the task force on a silver platter ...more
By concerned citizen (41), Hampton Bays on Aug 16, 12 3:49 AM
So what years did you work or supervise street crime, because only someone as delusional as you must have been playing secret squirrel there. Rapists, drug dealers, hookers.....i think not. Im sure the people working there worked there a**es off and were dedicated, however the limited resources for them and the rest of the department were because of Overton. The best thing this town did was hire Chief Wilson and get involved in the EEDTF
By mrobin (119), North Sea on Aug 17, 12 12:49 PM
Lets give credit to Kiernan also who started this investigation
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 17, 12 3:16 PM
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