Passengers Were Charged

After stopping a Montauk driver on suspicion of drunkenness, East Hampton Town police ended up on June 20 arresting two passengers instead. 

According to Detective Sgt. Dan Toia, the car was pulled over at 4:45 a.m. after running a stop sign on West Lake Drive. The driver passed roadside sobriety tests, but police observed furtive movements inside the car, and questioned the driver, who, they said, agreed to a search of the vehicle.

Manuel Benjamin Cabrera, 34, of Wainscott was questioned while standing outside the car with his hands in his pockets. Police found he had a small bag of cocaine in one pocket, the detective said. When an officer tried to place him under arrest, he reportedly resisted, refusing to put his hands behind his back and pulling away, before submitting. He was charged with resisting arrest and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, both misdemeanors.

The other passenger, Jonathan Ezequiel Galavan of Miami, was also standing near the car when, police said, he began to urinate, and in so doing dropped a round yellow pill on the ground. It was later identified as Clonazepam. He was charged with misdemeanor drug possession.

Mr. Galavan was released with an appearance ticket. Mr. Cabrera was arraigned later that morning before Justice Lisa R. Rana, who freed him on $300 bail.

 Police foot patrols assigned to Montauk to handle quality-of-life issues yielded two arrests last month. On June 11 at 1:20 a.m., an officer noticed two men standing behind the Memory Motel and questioned one of them as to what was going on. Detective Toia said that Kevin Tyler Angiulo, 25, was reaching for his identification in his pocket when he dropped a small bag containing a white, powdery substance. It later tested positive for cocaine, the detective said. Mr. Angiulo, who lives in Montauk, was charged with misdemeanor drug possession and released with instructions to appear in court at a later date.

On June 25 at about 1:20 a.m., police also questioned a 29-year-old man found urinating by the Memory Motel. Juan F. Castilloforero of Montauk was asked for identification, but claimed he had none. Police offered to help him search his pockets for it, and after he agreed, allegedly found a small bag of cocaine in his pants pocket. He too was released on an appearance ticket, though not before posting $100 bail.

A 17-year-old from East Hampton was arrested on Laura’s Lane on June 27 following a domestic dispute with his mother. He reportedly shattered the windshield of a Jeep Compass with a microphone just after 7:30 in the morning, and was charged a little over an hour later with felony criminal mischief. Police withheld the teen’s name because he is eligible for youthful offender status. East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky released him on $500 bail following arraignment.