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Police arrested four people on drug charges in two early-morning raids of homes in Riverhead Saturday.

Riverhead Police said officers executed search warrants at 332 Hamilton Avenue and 607 Osborn Avenue at about 6 a.m. on April 30 in response to community complaints of drug dealing at both locations.

Police recovered heroin/fentanyl, crack cocaine, digital scales a .38 caliber handgun and approximately $3,215 in cash from the home at 332 Hamilton Avenue, according to a Riverhead Town Police press release issued Tuesday morning.

Lloyd Harris, 62, a resident there, was arrested on charges of , Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, police said.

Harris illegally possessed the handgun, police said in the press release. Police did not provide information about any weapons possession charge(s).

Police also said Harris is currently on federal probation for conspiracy to distribute narcotics.

Dorothy Guthrie, 49, of Riverhead, was also arrested at 332 Hamilton Avenue. She was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, police said.

A search of 607 Osborn Avenue resulted in the recovery of a quantity of crack cocaine and the arrest of two people, police said. and the two below listed persons were arrested.

Mellissa Tricoche, 56, and Donna Caporaso, 61, both of Riverhead, were arrested on a charges Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, police said.

The search warrants were executed by officers from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s East End Drug Task Force, the Riverhead Town Police Department, Suffolk County Police Department and the New York State Police Department.

The East End Drug Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional drug enforcement unit funded by Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney’s Office. 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, and 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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