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Southampton Fires Code Officer Arrested Last Year

Alfred Tumbarello, of Speonk, was terminated on Sept. 16.

The Southampton Town Board has fired a code enforcement officer, who was accused of selling drugs during a sting in April 2012.

Alfred Tumbarello, an ordinance inspector in the legal department, was officially terminated on Sept. 10 with an effective date of Sept. 16 in a 5-0 vote of the town board.  

Tumbarello, 38, of Speonk, was nabbed as part of a 10-month East End Drug Task Force Investigation and charged with three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, felonies and conspiracy in the fourth degree, also a felony.

Tumbarello, who has been on unpaid leave, according to a report on 27east, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor, on June 5, according to online court records. Sentencing has been set on June 5, 2014 before Suffolk County Criminal Court Judge John Iliou.

According to his Southampton attorney, Neil Rogers, Tumbarello is now enrolled in a program, which he said will result in a lesser sentence, provided Tumbarello sticks with it.

“He has moved from the area, is doing well and looking to put this all behind him,” Rogers said.

Suffolk County District Attorney's office did not immediately respond with a request to comment.

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