A Bellport man is facing drug charges after allegedly selling narcotics to a man who overdosed at a Riverhead gas station last week.

Riverhead Town Police said they responded to a call about an unconscious man at the Mobil gas station at 1575 Old Country Road on Nov. 13. Suspecting an opioid overdose responding officers administered Narcan and the man regained consciousness, police said. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment, police said.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s East End Drug Task Force investigated the origin of the suspected opioid that caused the overdose and “isolated” a suspected dealer, police said. Undercover detectives then communicated with the suspected dealer and set up a narcotics transaction between the undercover detective and the dealer.

When the dealer arrived at a predetermined meeting location to to consummate the illegal narcotic transaction, he was placed under arrest, police said in a press release this morning.

Police did not say when the arrest took place.

He was identified as Taahziah S. Brown, 22, of Post Avenue in Bellport, police said. Brown was charged with: Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree, according to the press release.

The East End Drug Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional drug enforcement unit funded by the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini. The task force includes detectives, police officers and law enforcement personnel from the N.Y. State Police, Suffolk County Police, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Suffolk County Department of Probation, and East End town and village police departments, as well as Suffolk County District Attorney Investigators.

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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