Warrants Lead To Arrest and Heroin Charge

Snow, sleet, and rain kept drivers off the roads, and, it appears, out of handcuffs this past week, with no arrests on drunken driving charges in East Hampton Town or Village, or in Sag Harbor Village.

One man was held overnight after being arrested by East Hampton Town police following a traffic stop in Montauk the afternoon of February 25. Francis Barone, 62, of Montauk was a passenger in a 2016 Jeep being driven by his brother, who was pulled over for allegedly turning without signaling near Carl Fisher Plaza. When the officer ran the identifications of the two, he reportedly found that there were two outstanding bench warrants for Francis Barone, one out of Southampton Village Justice Court, and a second out of East Hampton Town Justice Court. The two warrants had been issued within eight days of each other last September. In both cases, Barone had been charged with a misdemeanor count of aggravated unlicensed driving, then failed to show up in court.

Placed under arrest, Barone was taken to headquarters, where a search turned up five small packets of what police said was heroin in his wallet. He was arraigned the next morning in East Hampton Town Justice Court, after which he was turned over to Southampton Village police. After being arraigned that afternoon in the village’s justice court, he was released on $100 bail.

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