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DA: Arraignment in illegal painkiller probe postponed

A manager for a Deer Park medical office that authorities suspect is a distribution center for illegal painkiller prescriptions is scheduled to be arraigned next week on a grand jury indictment, Suffolk County prosecutors said.

Wesley Harris, 37, a prior violent felony offender who told police he's employed as a "medical assistant" in the office, originally was scheduled for arraignment Thursday before Judge James Hudson in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead, according to the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

But Harris' attorney was granted an adjournment to Oct. 25, said Robert Clifford, a spokesman for the district attorney.

Spota said Wednesday that an investigation of illegal trafficking of prescription painkillers led investigators from his office and Suffolk County police to execute a search warrant June 6 at 207 Bay Shore Rd. in Deer Park.

The medical office is operated by a nurse-practitioner, Ingrid Gordon Patterson, of Patchogue, Spota said.

"During the execution of the search warrant we found Mr. Harris possessed a loaded, .38 Titan Tiger Revolver," Spota said in a news release. "As Mr. Harris knows, he cannot possess a firearm in light of his conviction in 2007 for sexual abuse in the first degree, and we subsequently charged him with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree."

Harris is being held in Suffolk County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, cash or bond, authorities said.

Gordon Patterson, 47, was arrested June 12 and charged with one count of criminal sale of a prescription. Spota said Gordon Patterson "sold 30 oxycodone tablets for $250 cash.

"The evidence gathered during our investigation was presented to a grand jury and she will be arraigned on an indictment on Oct. 23," he said in the release.

Gordon Patterson, who pleaded not guilty to the criminal sale of a prescription charge, is free on $50,000 bond.

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