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Jul 3, 2014 8:39 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Man Arrested After Smuggling Drugs on Jitney Bus

Jul 9, 2014 11:56 AM

A man attempting to pick up drugs shipped aboard a Hampton Jitney bus was arrested by Southampton Town Police last week.

Authorities said Barton Mark Perlbinder, 71, of Sagaponack was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, after he went to collect the drugs from the stop in Bridgehampton last Wednesday, July 2.

According to police, Mr. Perlbinder collected a package containing Xanax, oxycodone pills and cocaine that had been shipped on a Jitney bus that originated in Manhattan.

The East End Drug Task Force was notified of a suspicious package on the bus and tracked the package to Bridgehampton, where Mr. Perlbinder collected the drugs, according to police. He was arrested at the scene.

Robert Clifford, spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, said the task force, which is run by Mr. Spota’s office, received an anonymous tip about the package.

Mr. Clifford said there is no evidence to suggest that Mr. Perlbinder, a Manhattan-based real estate developer, had used the Jitney to deliver drugs in the past, nor is there any evidence to suggest that he would be using the drugs for anything other than personal use.

It’s not clear who put the package on the Jitney, Mr. Clifford said. He noted that the investigation is ongoing.

Jitney Vice President Andrew Lynch could not be reached for comment this week.

Gerald Shargel, Mr. Perlbinder’s Manhattan-based lawyer, said Monday that all the facts of the case have not been brought to light before declining to comment further. “We have launched an investigation, and this matter is not what it appears to be,” he said in a prepared statement.

Mr. Perlbinder was held overnight at police headquarters in Hampton Bays and arraigned last Thursday morning in Southampton Town Justice Court. He was released on his own recognizance.

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71 years old
god bless him
By llimretaw (118), watermill on Jul 3, 14 10:51 PM
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At 71, I'd think he's paid his dues. No harm, no foul.

Respect your elders.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 3, 14 11:49 PM
The dealers are getting older. How did he get caught? just carry them in your carry on bag.
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Jul 4, 14 10:25 AM
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By Etians rd (543), Southampton on Jul 4, 14 11:05 AM
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Senior Citizen arsonists & drug dealers in Sagaponack. Maybe we are starting to see the underbelly of Americas richest village! Excellent!
By G (342), Southampton on Jul 4, 14 11:49 AM
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