Officials Report Large-Scale Narcotics Bust During Bethpage Traffic Stop

Written by Long Island News & PR  |  29. June 2018

Bethpage, NY - June 29, 2018 - Second Squad Detectives report the arrest of 2 men for Narcotics violations that occurred on June 27, 2018 at 9:50 P.M. and June 28, 2018 at 2:50 A.M. in Bethpage.
According to detectives, Criminal Intelligence Rapid Response Team Officers while on patrol in the Bethpage area, stopped a white BMW for a traffic violation that occurred on South Oyster Bay Rd in the vicinity of Rice Street. The vehicle was being driven by a 21 year old female and had a front seat 22 year old male passenger. During the stop, the male passenger was observed attempting to hide something in his pants pockets. Further investigation revealed defendant Joseph J Tumbarello, 22, of Hicksville was in possession of Oxandrolone, anabolic steroids, testosterone in addition to other controlled substances. Defendant was arrested without incident.
A subsequent  investigation was conducted which led detectives to the residence of a second defendant-Christopher Bretton, 34, of Bethpage. He was in possession of large quantities of anabolic steroids, testosterone vials, vials of growth hormones, cannabis vape and hypodermic needles. Defendant was also arrested without incident.
Tumbarello is charged with 4 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was arraigned on June 28, 2018 at First District Court, Hempstead.
Bretton is charged with 15 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and 4 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled substance. He will be arraigned on June 29, 2018 at First District Court, Hempstead.
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