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The narcotics arrest of John Lindsay Jr., the son...

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. -- The narcotics arrest of John Lindsay Jr., the son of the former New York City mayor, was part of a four-month investigation into the drug trade in Suffolk County, authorities said.

Southampton Police Chief Conrad Teller said officers arrested Lindsay, 22, Wednesday night at his house in Bridgehampton and charged him with both criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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Suffolk District Attorney Patrick Henry said Lindsay was charged with making two sales of cocaine -- one for $100 and the for $200 -- to an undercover law-enforcement officer.

Also arrested at Lindsay's home was Lauren Sarno, 27, who was charged in one of the sales.

Lindsay was ordered Thursday to appear again in court April 7. He and Ms. Sarno pleaded innocent.

Teller said Lindsay, who is employed at Bridgehampton Lawn Care, surrendered at 12:26 a.m. EST Thursday.

'We are with our son and standing by him,' said the elder Lindsay. 'Peter F. Danowski Jr. of Riverhead has been retained as John Jr.'s lawyer. As the matter is before the court there will be no further comment.'

Teller described the scene of the arrest as 'a quiet, residential street.'

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Henry said Lindsay apparently spends much of his time in the Hamptons, the swank eastern Long Island summer resort area.

He said Lindsay's arrest was the result of a four-month countywide investigation into the drug trade, from which he expects several other arrests.

The sales are a Class-B felony carrying a maximum prison term of 15 years upon conviction.

Lindsay's father, 61, was mayor from 1966 to 1973. He served as a congressman from New York City's 'silk stocking' district. He was also a Democratic candidate for president in the 1972 primaries.

In addition to John Jr., Lindsay and his wife, Mary, have three daughters. The son is the youngest of the children.

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