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Feb 1, 2019 2:33 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Former Westhampton Beach Assistant Fire Chief Pleads Not Guilty To Four-Count Indictment In County Court

Feb 5, 2019 2:18 PM

Former Westhampton Beach Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Raynor was arraigned on Friday morning in Suffolk County Criminal Court after he was indicted on four counts, two of them felony charges, in connection with accusations that he was in possession of heroin with the intent to sell it while in a department vehicle.

He was arraigned on a sealed indictment in front of Judge Timothy Mazzei and was released on his own recognizance.

Mr. Raynor, 32, of Westhampton Beach was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class “B” felony; fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class “C” felony; official misconduct, a misdemeanor; and failing to stay in a designated lane, a violation that was issued as a traffic ticket after the initial traffic stop at around 6 p.m. on November 24.

The official misconduct charge was a new count, issued because he is accused of using his official fire department chief’s vehicle to possess and transport the heroin.

Mr. Raynor’s Islip Terrace attorney, Robert Macedonio, said that they have entered a plea of not guilty and are expecting to receive discovery from the Suffolk County district attorney’s office soon, possibly by next week, while they complete their own investigation. The case now awaits trial.

“There are a lot of issues going on around this case. It’ll come to light and it will help us resolve it,” Mr. Macedonio said, offering no further details as to a potential defense strategy.

Mr. Raynor is now receiving substance abuse treatment, his attorney added.

Pulled over on Carols Way in Hampton Bays by Southampton Town Police while driving his department-issued 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe on the evening of November 24, Mr. Raynor was found to be in possession of 175 small bags of heroin, packaged for sale. Town Police later revealed that he was stopped and arrested as a result of an investigation that had been ongoing for weeks.

“Particularly as a first responder, this defendant should be well aware of the potentially deadly consequences of peddling this poison in our communities,” District Attorney Timothy Sini said. “His actions were irresponsible and criminal, and we will hold him accountable. My office will continue to work with our law enforcement partners, including the Southampton Town Police Department, to investigate and prosecute anyone selling drugs in Suffolk County.”

Mr. Raynor had previously posted $5,000 bail following his arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court on November 25, and remains free on bail. He faces a maximum sentence of up to nine years in prison if he is convicted, according to the district attorney’s office.

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