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Two Riverhead residents were arrested on narcotics charges in a raid at a home on Hinda Boulevard yesterday.

The arrests were the result of an investigation by the Riverhead Police Department and the East End Drug Task Force into neighborhood complaints about suspicious activities at 47 Hinda Boulevard in Riverhead, police said in a press release issued late Monday night. 

The police executed a search search warrant at the home yesterday and seized quantities of heroin and cocaine along with items and materials to cut, process and package heroin for sale.

Police arrested and charged Richard A. Kayte, 37, of 47 Hinda Boulevard, with: criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (in excess of one-half ounce), a class B felony; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (intent to sell), a class B felony; two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor; and three counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree, a class B misdemeanor.

Police also arrested another resident, Charlene Crump, 60, on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor; and three counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree, a class B misdemeanor.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Denise Civiletti
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