Crimes Nearby: Community Outcry Leads to Drug Arrest

East End Drug Task Force searches a Greenport home and comes up with drugs.

The following information was supplied by the East End Police Departments. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate convictions.

A roundup of recent notable arrest elsewhere on the East End:


• Community outcry about drug sales in Greenport led to a recent arrest, police said.

According to Southold Town police, on Friday, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota's East End Drug Task Force and Southold police conducted a search warrant at a home on First Street in Greenport.

Police arrested Lavain Creighton, 42, who lived at the residence, and charged him with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, narcotic with intent to sell, a felony. He was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor; criminal possession of a narcotic drug in the fourth degree, a felony; and criminal use of drug paraphernalia, scales, a misdemeanor.

Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley said Creighton was found to be in possession of cocaine.

Creighton was arraigned in Southold Town Justice Court and held at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.


• Rolando Luque, 38, of Flanders, was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated sexual abuse and a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child. According to police reports, an investigation by Southampton Town police revealed that Luque had sexually touched a 5-year-old girl. Southampton Town Police Det. Sgt. Lisa Costa said the incidents occurred over a period of time ranging from September through November of 2012, and Luque is known to the child.


• Bryan Mora, 21, of Hampton Bays, was arrested on a felony charge of possessing a sexual performance by a child, as well as a misdemeanor sexual misconduct charge, on Feb. 11. According to Southampton Town police, Mora had an "ongoing course of conduct" with a 15-year-old dating back to April of 2012. Police had been investigating the incident for the past several months, said Det. Sgt. Lisa Costa, when he turned himself into police last week. Mora was released on an appearance ticket because he turned himself in, Costa said, and he is due back in court on Feb. 27 for an arraignment.

• Takashi McArdle, 62, of Hampton Bays, was arrested on charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree — a felony — as well as misdemeanor charges of DWI and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. According to police, McArdle was stopped for multiple traffic infractions near Springville Road and Good Ground Road. He was reportedly driving with a revoked license, and police said they found cocaine wrapped inside a folded dollar bill in a cigarette box near his feet.

• Eric O’Brien, 19, of Hampton Bays, was arrested on Feb. 15 on a felony grand larceny charge. According to police reports, a man reported that in mid-January, O’Brien stole his skateboard from him while he was in possession of it.


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