Two weeks after a major drug bust in Montauk, cocaine is still apparently readily available in the hamlet’s nightspots, with police making two felony possession arrests over the weekend.
Mateusz Pieta, 20, was driving a 2002 Lexus at about 1:15 AM on Saturday, August 25, when he was pulled over on Carl Fisher Plaza for allegedly passing a police car by crossing into the oncoming lane of traffic. Failing sobriety tests, the Baiting Hollow resident was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving. Following his arrest, police searched the Lexus, and reported finding packaging materials, a scale, and “a quantity of cocaine to sell.” According to police, he was in possession of over an eighth of an ounce of the narcotic. He was charged with two felonies, criminal possession, and criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, along with a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession.
During his arraignment later Saturday morning, East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana said that Pieta has a prior arrest on a driving while intoxicated charge which was plea-bargained down to the violation level in 2015. He also, she said, was alleged to have initially presented police with false identification. She set bail at $25,000. Pieta remained in county jail as of Monday.
Samuel Huffman, 21, of Flushing, was arrested outside of the Memory Motel around midnight Friday, August 24. Police said he had over a half gram of cocaine in a plastic pouch. Huffman allegedly told police he bought marijuana at the Surf Lodge and was given the pouch as well. The Surf Lodge was one of several bars and restaurants where one of the six men indicted last week for allegedly taking part in a cocaine-dealing ring worked. Besides the felony possession charge, Huffman is also facing two misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, namely Xanax and Adderall. Bail was set at $5000 for Huffman, which he eventually posted.