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Sep 29, 2013 7:38 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Garbage Bags Filled With Marijuana Found During Traffic Stop In Water Mill

Oct 2, 2013 10:54 AM

Two men were arrested in Water Mill on Saturday night after Southampton Town Police said they found more than 10 pounds of freshly harvested marijuana inside their car during a routine traffic stop.

William Whelan, 43, of Lake Grove and Daniel Dost, 38, of Centereach were arrested at 9:08 p.m. after they were stopped for a traffic violation near the intersection of Deerfield and Head of Pond roads. Upon investigation, the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

A search revealed two large garbage bags in the back of the vehicle filled with more than 10 pounds of freshly harvested marijuana, police said.

Both suspects were placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters in Hampton Bays for processing. Their vehicle was impounded.

Police said they do not know where the marijuana was harvested or where the two men were heading at the time.

Mr. Dost, the driver, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a felony, and unlawfully growing marijuana and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors. He was also charged unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and ticketed for several traffic violations.

Mr. Whelan was charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a felony, unlawfully growing marijuana, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Both men were arraigned Sunday and Mr. Dost was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside after failing to post $8,100 bail while Mr. Whelan was held after failing to post $10,100 bail, according to authorities.

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why jail for these two- who hurt no one, while drunk drivers- who can kill- sleep it off and go home .
By wmdwjr (76), east hampton on Sep 29, 13 11:03 PM
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Why is cannabis still criminalized? The "drug war" has been a failed crusade.

It's legal for medical purposes in 20 states, and completely legal in two states.

Stop wasting the taxpayer's dime on cannabis, find the heroin, and stop the Krokodil before it gets here
Sep 30, 13 11:54 AM appended by Mr. Z
Industrial hemp legalized in California
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 30, 13 11:54 AM
Don't blame the popo. Blame the legislators who don't have the *you know whats* to sponsor a law to repeal the racist laws of the 1930s criminalizing a plant.
And fwiw, it looks like a lot of males in that pile, that is for sure rank amateurs
growing proceeds. It'll take a half dozen joints to catch a buzz.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Oct 1, 13 3:24 PM
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If they were driving at 420 would not have been a problem.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Oct 1, 13 9:06 PM
I think it's so weird that growing cannabis is illegal, yet I grow poisons in my garden. Come have some foxglove. Ageratum tea? Lily of the valley berries in your juice box, anyone? Buttercup in your salad, with some poke salat leaves? My yard is a playground of poisons. And if I wanted to, I could make opium just by going to the supermarket, picking up a little jar from the seasonings aisle, sprinkling its ingredients in properly prepared soil, harvesting the crop, milking and drying it.
By btdt (449), water mill on Oct 3, 13 1:26 PM
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I thought SH suspended the leaves collection program
By david h (405), southampton on Oct 3, 13 3:40 PM
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glad it wasn't locals being harassed
sounds like another example of up the island characters using and abusing the east end as a place to grow and a place to come get in every piece of woods the east end has left and poach deer
By llimretaw (118), watermill on Oct 6, 13 8:32 PM