It Was a Heroin and Pot Traffic Stop

     A traffic stop for an illegal U-turn on Main Street in Amagansett ended with an arrest on a heroin possession charge last week.

    East Hampton Town police said that a Hampton Bays man, Cory A. Mercurio, 24, was driving a 1993 Ford when he made the illegal turn on the night of Aug. 6. The officer who made the stop said that the car smelled of marijuana and that Mr. Mercurio “appeared to be extremely nervous.”

    Police redacted part of the arrest report, making the sequence of events leading to an officer’s search of the car unclear, but a plastic bag of marijuana was found beneath the driver’s seat cover, as was a fuse box containing seven small orange wax paper envelopes with heroin inside, police said.

    Mr. Mercurio was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, along with possession of marijuana at the violation level.

    He was the second man to be arrested by town police in three days for allegedly carrying multiple packets of heroin. Jonathan Elsis of Montauk was arraigned on the same charge on Aug. 6. Police said he had 20 packets of heroin in his bag when he was arrested.

    Mr. Mercurio was held at police headquarters in Wainscott overnight. His bail was set the next morning at $750.

Check Forgery Charge

    Town police detectives arrested a Setauket man on Monday and charged him with three felony counts of forgery, as well as misdemeanor petty larceny.

    The man, David Cunningham, 28, “stole checks from a residence he was lawfully in,” Detective Lt. Chris Anderson said on Tuesday. He then forged the signature of the account’s owner and withdrew money from the bank, the detective said.

    “We worked on this in conjunction with the Southampton Town police,” Detective Anderson said.

    Mr. Cunningham was arraigned Tuesday in front of East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana, who set bail at $3,000. He told the justice that he was an unlicensed plumber. He also said he had called a friend, but would most likely not make bail.

    Mr. Cunningham may be facing additional charges, according to Detective Anderson.

    In other police news, an East Hampton man was arrested around 10 p.m. on Aug. 1, charged with endangering the welfare of two teenage passengers in his car, as well as marijuana possession. Under the law, anyone under the age of 17 is considered a child.

    In an arrest report released Friday, police accused Ronald R. Rafferty, 48, of having marijuana in plain view on the center console of his car, which was parked at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett. Police said an officer saw Mr. Rafferty at the wheel, with two teenagers in passenger seats. There was a strong smell of marijuana and two glass pipes were sitting out in the open, according to the officer.

    The report indicates that Mr. Rafferty is the father of at least one of the teenagers. Police got in touch with the parents of the other one, and with the mother of Mr. Rafferty’s child. The parents picked up the teenagers at the station house.

    Mr. Rafferty was charged with marijuana possession at the violation level and released without bail. He was subsequently charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Police called Child Protective Services, and the agency has opened a case.

    Police arrested Eric J. Ebanks, 22, and Kevin J. Black, 24, both of East Hampton, late on the night of Aug. 4 on misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance — cocaine.

    Police had responded to a complaint that a white Nissan Altima had been parked for a couple of hours in front of the Born Free Motel in Montauk, with several people seated inside.

    An officer noticed the smell of marijuana, she said in her report, and asked the men to step out of the car. When they did so, a clear plastic bag of what police said was cocaine was left behind where Mr. Ebanks had been sitting. A second officer saw “white powder around Eric Ebanks’s nose.”

    Mr. Black was searched and was said to have some cocaine in his wallet. Both men were arrested on possession charges and released without bail. They are due to be arraigned today in East Hampton Town Justice Court.

    Also in Montauk, a woman who works as a housekeeper at the Surf Lodge was arrested last month on the charge that she stole two iPhones.

    The nightclub’s manager, Nil Erbil, called police on July 23, reporting the disappearance of a black iPhone 4S from behind the front desk in the reception area.

    Although much of the report has been redacted, Arlene Batista, 39, who lives at the Surf Lodge, was arrested. She was said to have been in possession of two cellphones that had been reported missing.

    Charged with petty larceny and two counts of possession of stolen property, she was released from the station house on $100 bail.