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  1. chillinwill
    Southampton Town police charged a 17-year-old Flanders boy Wednesday with selling drugs out of his home, with his parents' permission.

    Entering the home at 211 Longneck Blvd. through what they described as a thick cloud of marijuana smoke, officers said they found 11 people inside.

    Among them, police said, were two 14-year-old girls, two 16-year-old boys and a 17-year-old boy.

    Police said two 18-year-olds and a 19-year-old were also in the home.

    Police said they arrested four people in the raid Tuesday around 8:45 p.m. and seized cocaine, marijuana, heroin, ecstasy and prescription painkillers.

    Those drugs were "being sold to youths in the area with the knowledge of the parents at the residence," Southampton Town police said in a release. The arrests followed a months-long investigation, police said.

    Michael E. White, 17, his mother, Jennifer A. Truskoski, 38, and his stepfather, Joseph J. Mastelli, 36, were arrested.

    Also arrested was Robert E. Trent, 18, of 821 E. Main St., Riverhead, police said.

    No one else in the house raid was charged, police said. They were released, and in the case of the minors, to relatives, police said.

    White was charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, six counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, second-degree criminal sale of marijuana and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

    In addition, he was charged with three counts of unlawfully dealing with a child and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, police said Wednesday.

    Truskoski and Mastelli were charged with five counts of unlawfully dealing with a child, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree criminal nuisance.

    Trent was charged with second-degree criminal sale of marijuana, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and marijuana possession, police said.

    The four were arraigned Wednesday in Southampton Town Justice Court.

    White was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail, Truskoski and Mastelli on $2,500 each, and Trent on $5,000, Southampton police said.

    By John Valenti
    September 30, 2009


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