Police Allege Man Had Marijuana, Cocaine, LSD

Richard Anthony Grigonis, 24, of Sag Harbor was led away from East Hampton Town Justice Court Sunday after being arraigned on four charges, the most serious of which is a felony charge of possession of a quantity of LSD. T.E. McMorrow

A Sag Harbor man was charged with multiple counts of drug possession, two of which were felonies, on Saturday night after an encounter with East Hampton Town police.

According to Detective Sgt. Daniel Toia, an officer approached a parked 2002 Saturn at the end of Breeze Hill Road in Springs. According to Detective Toia, the officer reported that a strong smell of marijuana was coming from the car.

Richard Anthony Grigonis, 24, was in the driver’s seat, with another man, whom police did not identify, in the passenger’s seat. The officer later reported that as he talked with Mr. Grigonis, he noticed a plastic bag at the driver’s feet. “The stuff in that bag is mine,” Mr. Grigonis told the officer, according to the court file.

Assessing the bag as containing marijuana, the officer searched the car, allegedly finding a second bag behind the driver’s seat. The combined weight of the substance in the bags was more than two ounces, police said, and Mr. Grigonis was charged with misdemeanor possession. Mr. Grigonis was arrested; his passenger was not.

As police continued to check the vehicle, however, they allegedly found 21 small tubes containing a highly concentrated form of marijuana, weighing more than a quarter ounce, which triggered a felony charge.

Other drugs appeared during the defendant’s processing at police headquarters, police said. “There is coke in my wallet,” Mr. Grigonis said, according to court papers. The amount of cocaine brought on a second misdemeanor charge. “That’s LSD in my wallet,” he also was quoted as telling police. Possession of one milligram or more of the hallucinogen LSD, which allegedly was found, is a felony.

Represented by Trevor Darrell, Mr. Grigonis was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court Sunday morning by Justice Lisa R. Rana. Several family members were in the court and posted $10,000 bail, which was set by Justice Rana. She had noted that the Suffolk district attorney’s office had requested bail of $30,000.

Justice Rana said she expected the defendant to immediately check into a drug rehabilitation program, and she agreed with Mr. Darrell to waive Mr. Grigonis’s appearance at his next date on the court calendar, Nov. 16, provided he did so.