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Jun 2, 2010 10:09 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police cite 21 on drug charges at Neptune Beach Club over holiday weekend

Jun 2, 2010 10:09 AM

Twenty-one patrons of Neptune Beach Club in Hampton Bays face drug charges filed by Southampton Town Police over Memorial Day weekend, according to authorities.

Twenty of the suspects were observed ingesting drugs or found to be in possession of drugs in the parking lot of the Dune Road beach club or the adjacent Tiana Beach parking lot over the holiday weekend, police said Tuesday morning. The drugs included cocaine, ketamine, ecstasy, marijuana and gamma-hydroxybutyrate, a depressant that is commonly referred to as GHB.

One additional suspect, Victoria Fogal, 22, of New Rochelle, was charged with selling ecstasy inside the establishment. She was charged with fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, according to police.

In addition, a 22-year-old Coram man was observed defecating on the dunes of Tiana Beach and cited for public urination, a violation, police said.

Charges for the remaining 20 suspects range from third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, to unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

The bulk of the arrests were made on Monday, but arrests were also made throughout Saturday and Sunday, according to Sergeant James Kiernan, who heads the Southampton Town Police Street Crimes Unit. A team of undercover officers spent the weekend trying to buy drugs at the club, Sgt. Kiernan said. While Ms. Fogal was the only suspect to actually sell a controlled substance to an undercover officer, authorities observed the rest of the suspects using drugs outside the club, Sgt. Kiernan said.

Sgt. Kiernan declined to say exactly how many undercover officers were part of the investigation, but said it was fewer than 10.

One suspect, Valerie C. O’Connell, 22, of Staten Island, was arrested by uniformed officers rather than undercover officers, Sgt. Kiernan said. On one evening over the holiday weekend, police observed Ms. O’Connell leave the oceanfront club, climb over the dunes and stumble into the ocean, Sgt. Kiernan said.

After officers pulled her out, they found her to be in possession of ecstasy and charged her with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, police said.

Those suspects who were charged with felonies were arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court on Tuesday, Sgt. Kiernan said. He said the rest will likely be arraigned on June 23. Most of the 20 suspects made bail following their arrests, he said.

The following individuals face felony drug charges after the weekend bust: Howard O. Patino, 23, of Corona; and Jefferson Barragan-Restrepo, 25, of Elmhurst.

The following individuals are facing misdemeanor drug charges: Michael E. Rodriguez, 38, of Melville; Matthew P. Bruce, 34, of Huntington Station; Hassena Haider, 31, of Lindenhurst; Bilal J. Parvez, 27, of Jacksonville, Florida; Francisco F. Alcivar, 31, of Woodhaven; Grady B. Pinillos, 21, of East Hampton; Edward Yagudaev, 46, of Brooklyn; Yekaterina Fedotkina, 30, of Brooklyn; Dean Henrys, 27, of Corona; Gregory C. Depetro, 19, of Staten Island; Mark H. Smith, 25, of Ronkonkoma; Brianne M. Flood, 22, of Manhattan; Johnathan Lodato, 25, of East Quogue; and Kaliel DeSilva, 25, of Astoria. Another man from Astoria was charged with drug possession but the charges were reduced under the terms of a plea arrangement in October.

A 26-year-old Levittown woman and a 24-year-old Connecticut woman were cited for marijuana violations.

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shut this dump dpwn.
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Jun 2, 10 3:56 PM
Hope they caught as many drunk drivers, considering the risk they pose is even greater than these people getting high in a club.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Jun 2, 10 5:32 PM
Great job by the STPD! It is unfortunate that people are so quick to comment on the negative articles but have nothing nice to say about the positive ones.
By concerned citizen (41), Hampton Bays on Jun 2, 10 6:02 PM
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Should have went to the bordy barn could have got a few hundred more
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jun 2, 10 6:23 PM
I wonder how many of these people were never at Neptune but were in the town lot the whole time?
By VOS (1241), WHB on Jun 2, 10 10:53 PM
Farce. When the expenses of this action are parsed, it will be over $20,000. The amount that will be collected in fines will never equal the cost of the operation plus the court time.

For what? They busted a bunch of USERS who aren't even on the structure of the drug distribution hierarchy at the lowest level. Only one DEALER was arrested and its 100 to 1 the sale was inconsequential.

Stop the egoistical nonsense. Let the state cops deal with drug use. They know where to ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jun 3, 10 12:05 AM
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When does your stupidity end?

How do YOU know how much it costs and what?? because it is "only" drugs it's ok to break the law...Oh I only wrecked my car while I was driving under the influence so I should not be arrested...oh I only ran some little kid over...oh I only raped a girl after giving her GHB (AKA the date rape drug), I only stole, or committed some other random crime after my drug buying and using so I should not be arrested....
Wake up...

Hopefully with all the ...more
By LINYCGirl (7), New York on Jun 3, 10 1:45 PM
Don't mind Highhatsize, LINYCGirl, he is simply anti-police no matter what the circumstances are. Unfortunately they have to protect him to, though.
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jun 5, 10 4:20 AM
Your tax money at work ! You have got to be kidding ! The cops have got enough to do without babysitting this hord of infants at Neptune ! Once and for all close it down and let another Town absorb this trash !
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Jun 3, 10 6:28 AM
Hey Jhampton - leave the Barn outta this. There are no drugs there, and it's the PBA cash cow.
By G (342), Southampton on Jun 3, 10 7:29 AM
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No drugs at Bordy Barn.. Are you joking? All of these places are drug havens. Seen first hand. They should be raided every weekend until they are forced to shut down. Like Bill in Riverhead said. Let another part of the Island absorb this trash.
By Wickatuck (4), Southampton on Jun 3, 10 7:40 AM
"All of these places are drug havens. Seen first hand."

And of course you have reported your sightings to the proper authorities.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jun 3, 10 11:25 AM
Of course
By Wickatuck (4), Southampton on Jun 3, 10 12:25 PM
PBA cash cow? How so?
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Jun 4, 10 4:37 PM
So then Wickatuck, either your observations are wrong, or there's some official corruption going on, and there's a much bigger issue!
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jun 6, 10 9:44 AM
This is a complete waste of tax dollars. Leave the kids and Neptune alone. We all need to chill out and remember what it was like to be young, free, at the beach and hoping to get lucky.
By BM (10), Southampton on Jun 3, 10 11:40 AM
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There has been drug use going on in clubs forever. There are those who are buying them and those who are not. Most are there to have fun, dance, meet people, etc... This area has become so anti - fun and ruining any outlets for it because of a few jerks. Get over it!
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Jun 3, 10 11:51 AM
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Lets ballpark the total attendance of Neptune Beach Club at 4500 for the weekend which is a modest estimate. 21 out of 4500 people arrested? I think that works out to be less than .005% of the people attending the establishment. Almost all of these arrests were outside of the club. This is probably due to SH police cracking down on drug use at the club last summer. Im sure these arrests will curb further use this summer however I am confident there will always be a number of idiots who will test ...more
By BaymenNYC (59), Manhattan on Jun 3, 10 6:08 PM
Let me help you with your math, .oo5% is 5/1000th's of a percent. I think you meant to write .5% which would equal 22.5 people out of a crowd of 4500.

LOL @ the dune crapper!
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Jun 3, 10 7:12 PM
I commend the police force for doing there job and keeping people off the roads. I don't object to drinking and having fun but leave the vehicles home!! Just remember the boy in Hampton Bays who won't being enjoying the summers anymore due to negligent drinking and driving!!! Have fun but be SAFE!!!!!
By dadof2 (15), hampton bays on Jun 3, 10 7:37 PM
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Isn't Neptune Beach Club in East Quogue not Hampton Bays? Just sayin'.

By davidf (325), hampton bays on Jun 4, 10 10:36 AM
No, look at a map.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jun 5, 10 7:23 PM
Why should they shut down neptunes? There were at least 10 cops out side the place and people still got arested.If you go there you better be on your good behaver.For the cops its like fishing in a fish bowl
By banjack (45), port jeff on Jun 4, 10 2:03 PM
Dont bring in other clubs to this discussion. Unless you see it first hand dont make comments like "all these places are drug havens." How would you know? I have worked in some bar/clubs in the area and ive met good people and made great friends. They create good jobs for college kids and others in the area and i wouldnt trade the memories for a thing! Loosen up and dont let 22 people ruin you summer!
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Jun 4, 10 4:19 PM
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And as far as you tax dollars, SHT does a better job spending more money in other useless places then it does here. If you want to turn the hamptons into a smug bitter museum like town then yeah go ahead and shut these places down
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Jun 4, 10 4:23 PM
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GoldenBoy, BaymenNYC, G, and Infoseeker are all on the right track. There are always going to be a few idiots that will ruin it for other people... but lets not let their recklessness turn this town into a retirement home. I live here year round and work hard all winter and especially all summer. I love being able to live in an area as nice as this. And, I love the being able to go to the Drift and the Barn and have a good time with my friends when i am not working. Stop trying to shut it down. ...more
By Jessica713 (20), Easy Quogue on Jun 4, 10 11:03 PM
The owners and managers of Neptune could be doing more and better screening at their door to cull for problems - but they choose not to spend the money to do that. The managers are all drunk and or stoned most of the day so they're part of the problem too. They are not good operators and the liquor authority is right on their ass. They were issued some sort of temporary permit this season, so who knows what's going to happen down there this summer. However, saying all of that, Neptune is an important ...more
By BIGjimbo12 (201), East Quogue on Jun 5, 10 10:28 AM
Hey Jimbo I know the owners and some of the staff at neptunes and you couldnt be more wrong. They are not drunk and stoned all day and they do confiscate tons of drugs and turn those people away. Stop assuming!
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Jun 5, 10 2:34 PM
Agreed, Goldenboy. I have never been to Neptune's, but I know one of the Managers.He works two jobs, is a single dad & a very responsible person.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jun 5, 10 10:42 PM
Hey, lets talk about the fares the TAXI's are charging the kids to drive them home from the clubs at WAY upwards of $100!!!Somebody should arrest THOSE so and so's! Thieves!Worried about puke? Bring a bloody bucket and leave it in the back seat--cover the back in something you can hose down later, like the Mom's used to do with their couches! You can still get a fair fare and not abuse these kids, who are doing the right thing NOT driving.
Kids, get your price up front , THE CLUBS SHOULD GET ...more
By Jean (79), whb on Jun 6, 10 7:03 PM
By CaptainSig (716), southampton on Jun 6, 10 9:06 PM
Jean, you are absolutely right! the cabs are ridiculous. Every time I go out I have no choice but to factor in at least $40 just for a cab ride from the Drift in EQ to WHB. And trying to get a ride home, unless you have a group of 6 or more, is almost impossible because they will not leave the bars unless they have a full van going to the same destination. Its so frustrating!! I do agree with the puking thing tho, thats disgusting and if i had to ride around in that smell all night i would have ...more
By Jessica713 (20), Easy Quogue on Jun 7, 10 10:01 AM
I got off the 8:30 pm train out of Penn Station last Friday night - it gets into WH at about 10:45pm; an obviously intoxicated young lady and her friend were trying to get to Patchogue and asked me if I knew if there was a westbound train soon (guess she couldn't read the schedule). She said to me there was a cabby in the station that wanted $150 ($75 apiece) to take her and insisted there were no trains until morning. I happened to know there was indeed a west bound train due in at about 11:30 ...more
By diogenes (57), westhampton on Jun 7, 10 4:56 PM
I heard Ronnie from Jersey Shore was there and these were his pals. Guy's an animal. Street cred just spiked.
By traffic (26), Southampton on Jun 7, 10 11:37 PM
Close the dump. I could not believe all of the poolice cars that were lined up just sitting there waiting to arrest people for drugs or drunk driving or fighting.
It is just a waste of taxpayers money. No wonder you can't get anyone to respond to calls, they are all at Neptunes.
I do hope that the place gets charges for all of this policy private service!!!!!!
By Kate (2), Southampton on Jun 8, 10 1:22 PM
'The drugs included cocaine, ketamine, ecstasy, marijuana and gamma-hydroxybutyrate, a depressant that is commonly referred to as GHB.' ... Marajuna ... isn't it about time we legalized it?
I don't smoke it. I know people who do and realize it is much stronger then in my day ... but hey if booze is legal ....
By Me:-) (2), East Moriches on Jun 9, 10 7:34 PM
By CHERI (12), HAMPTON BAYS on Jun 10, 10 5:55 AM
Except for the club owners and taxis, the up the Island, brain dead yo hos that frequent these clubs contribute nothing to the community. Why should the rest of the Town's taxpayers subsidize the security for a private enterprise? The clubs cause the animals to come here and should pay to keep them under control.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 10, 10 6:47 AM