Riverhead Man Arrested on Gun, Cocaine Charges

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Riverhead police said a call of loud music at the Doctors Path Apartments led to a multi-felony drug and gun arrest.

A K-9 unit responded. An officer found a parked car in the south end of the parking lot with the smell of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, according to police. The occupant, 35-year-old Willie E. Hopkins of Riverhead, had a burned joint and one ounce of cocaine, in powered and crack form, police said.

In a compartment in the Nissan Maxima, the officer found a loaded .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun, according to a police report, which said that Hopkins resisted arrest and had to be subdued.

Hopkins is charged with six felonies: four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He is additional charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Hopkins was held for arraignment at Riverhead Justice Court.

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