Town officials shut suspected drug den in Bellport
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Brookhaven Town officials said they have boarded up a suspected drug den in Bellport after two people were arrested on narcotics charges at the vacant home.
Owners of the home at 533 Meade Ave. face town summonses for allegedly unsafe conditions, such as kerosene heaters and extension cords that were found throughout the structure, town officials said.
The town also plans to charge the owners with failing to place the house on the town's rental homes registry.
Records show the house is owned by Steven and Susan Deramo of Manorville. Steven Deramo, reached by phone, declined to comment.
A Suffolk County police spokesman said two people were arrested at the home Tuesday. The spokesman said he could not release their names or the charges against them.
Town officials boarded up the house after the arrests and placed a cease-and-desist order on the structure, barring occupation there until violations are corrected, a town spokesman said.
Town officials said the house contained kerosene heaters and cans, and had "unsafe electric service" due to extension cords that had been placed around the house. A water heater fire block had not been installed, town officials said.
A building inspector expressed concern about a bedroom floor with "a noticeable bounce and flex," apparently caused by a large weightlifting machine, town officials said.
Another bedroom was filled with tires, car batteries, other auto parts and tools; and the house did not appear to have beds or furnishings, town officials said.