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Man busted on drug charges last night was convicted in 1993 shooting death of Riverhead man

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(UPDATED 12:45 p.m.) David T. Brown, 37, of Albany Avenue, Flanders and Michael C. Bambrick, 25, of Osborn Avenue, Riverhead were in possession of more than four ounces of cocaine, more than eight ounces of marijuana, 10 packets of PCP and a digital scale when a Riverhead Police Department C.O.P.E. unit pulled their car over for a traffic stop on East Main Street at about 8:30 last night, according to police.

Bambrick was remanded to the Suffolk County jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail set at an arraignment by Town Justice Richard Ehlers Sunday morning. 

Brown was ineligible for bail due to two prior felony convictions, the judge said. He was also remanded.

In 1995, Brown pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 1993 shooting death of 22-year-old Alvin Charles McElroy Jr., of Riverhead. He served 19 years in a state penitentiary, according to the prosecutor.

Both men are due back in court tomorrow morning.

Police stopped their 2008 Saturn on East Main Street near East Avenue for a vehicle and traffic law violation.

Brown and Bambrick are each facing charges of: criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree, a class A-II felony; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class A misdemeanor; criminal possession of marijuana in the third degree, a class B felony; and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. Bambrick is additionally facing a charge of unlawful possession of marijuana. 

The drug quantities were consistent with the intent to sell.

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Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.