MONTAUK, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say more than a dozen seasonal employees working in popular bars and restaurants on Long Island’s East End have been arrested in a drug bust.
Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini announced Thursday that 16 people have been charged with selling cocaine, oxycodone and other opioids out of five businesses in Montauk: Swallow East, 668 The Gig Shack, Shagwong Tavern, Liar’s Saloon and O’Murphy’s Restaurant and Pub.
Sini says there’s indication that several of the suspects worked in Montauk specifically to sell drugs during the summer tourist season.
Officials say the months-long investigation involved local and state police, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
Authorities say they’ve seized $100 in cash, 650 grams (23 ounces) of cocaine, marijuana and pills.