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Aug 14, 2017 10:42 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police: Two Officers Treated After Drug Bust Leads To Exposure To Heroin

Aug 15, 2017 6:11 PM

Two Southampton Town Police officers were treated for possible exposure to heroin after a suspected drug dealer dumped a substance from his car window during a chase, police said.

Charles Kendall Johnson, 32, of Riverside was arrested by the East End Drug Task Force at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9, on Riverleigh Avenue in Riverside, and charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence, both felonies, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree reckless endangerment, both misdemeanors, and failure to obey a police officer, a violation.

Though police did not say how much heroin they suspect Mr. Johnson dumped from his window, they said it was enough to put the public and the police officers at risk of “serious physical injury.” Two officers who inhaled the opiate were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead and checked out OK, according to police.

Police said Mr. Johnson was arrested after a lengthy investigation into narcotic sales within the Town of Southampton led to him. They said it is believed that several overdoses could be linked to the sales.

Mr. Johnson, who was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu on Riverleigh Avenue, evaded officers at first, according to police, who said that right before coming to a stop, Mr. Johnson dumped what they believe was heroin from the driver’s side window.

Police said they did not know if the heroin Mr. Johnson disposed of was cut with fentanyl, an even more powerful synthetic opioid, and will not know until lab results come back.

Mr. Johnson was taken to Town Police headquarters in Hampton Bays where he was processed and held for arraignment. He was then remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $15,000 cash bail.

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