Maurice Pittman in a mug shot distributed by police in May 2015.

The East End Drug Task Force yesterday charged a Brookhaven man with drug sales at a Riverhead shopping center, according to Riverhead Town Police.

Police said in a press release Maurice A. Pitmann, 38, of Hoffman Avenue, Brookhaven was arrested “after a short-term investigation” into drug sales activity in the area of the Riverhead Commons shopping center, which is located on East Main Street just east of the railroad crossing, across the street from Riverhead Town Hall. The task force was responding to specific complaints of open drug sales activity at that location, police said.

At the time of his arrest Pittman was in possession of heroin and crack cocaine, according to the report.

Police said Pittman was charged with: criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree (narcotic drug); criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (intent to sell); criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, (narcotic drug), all class B felonies.

Pittman was held overnight at Riverhead Police headquarters for morning arraignment in Riverhead Town Justice Court, police said. 

The East End Drug Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional drug enforcement unit funded by the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota. The task force includes detectives, police officers and law enforcement personnel from the New York State Police, Suffolk County Police Department, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Suffolk County Department of Probation,  Southampton Town Police Department, Riverhead Police Department, East Hampton Town Police Department, Southampton Village Police Department, Southold Town Police Department, DEA, Homeland Security and Suffolk County District Attorney Investigators.

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