Brookhaven worker, 2 others accused of drug dealing

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Three Suffolk men, including an employee of the Town of Brookhaven, have been charged with conspiring to sell cocaine and oxycodone, according to the Suffolk County district attorney.

Thomas Forkin, 30, of Miller Place; Anthony Perretta, 30, of Lake Grove; and Johnny Vargas, 30, of South Setauket, were arraigned on multiple drug-related charges Monday and are due back in First District Court in Central Islip on Dec. 21.

Forkin, a Brookhaven Town highway worker accused of dealing drugs to his co-workers, is being held on bail of $350,000 cash or $750,000 bond; Perretta on $150,00 cash, $300,000 bond; and Vargas on $100,000 cash.

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward Romaine released a statement saying, "It would be inappropriate to comment at this time as this is part of an ongoing investigation and I refer all comments to the district attorney's office."

Court documents said the three conspired to distribute oxycodone and cocaine and were arrested on Nov. 28. An 11-count grand jury indictment says the three acted "in concert" some time between September and November and possessed quantities of oxycodone and cocaine for resale purposes.

Forkin's attorney, William Keahon of Islandia, said his client had no criminal record and is a lifelong Suffolk resident. "He's married and has been working for the last 10 years for Brookhaven Town. I expect that he'll be totally vindicated at the end of this process."

William Collado of Brentwood, Vargas' attorney, said his client has no criminal record and is an electrician. "This is apparently an ongoing investigation where he wasn't a target. His family supports him and they're obviously distraught about these charges," he said.

Michael Franzese of Mineola, Perretta's attorney, declined to comment.

Each is charged with fourth-degree conspiracy, a felony.

In addition, Forkin is charged with three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and one count of second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

Perretta is charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

Vargas is charged with third-degree and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

With Andrew Smith

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