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Police: Ex-Smithtown Official Arrested for Buying Heroin

Former building inspector Robert Bonerba arrested for alleged drug deal in a Farmingville shopping center on Tuesday.

A former Town of Smithtown building inspector was arrested Tuesday on charges of purchasing heroin, New York State police said.

Newsday reports that New York State police arrested Robert Bonerba, 62, of Nesconset, on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful loitering, both misdemeanors.

New York State police said Bonerba purchased 50 glassine envelopes of heroin, worth a street value of $500, off North Ocean Avenue in Farmingville. The shopping center contains a Kmart, Burger King and a beauty supply store, according to Newsday.

Bonerba previously served as the Town of Smithtown's chief building inspector from 1998 to 2008. He was formerly convicted of taking bribes from developers to expedite a Nesconset construction project and misrepresent the status of an illegal Kings Park apartment.

Click here to read more about Bonerba's arrest and previous convictions on Newsday [subscription required].

KP Student February 01, 2012 at 12:54 AM
RE: Cathy.....If you dislike the Patch, no one is forcing you to read or comment on it! I use Patch manly as a FiOS customer who is without News 12 and wants local news. Every news source has its flaws but Patch is fairly reliable, and hasn't yet crossed any lines another source won't. It is most policies that the names of the accused will be released to the public, unless they are minors or have negotiations in place with the police/lawyers.....these people are 'ruining' their own lives by making poor and illegal choices, the Patch has nothing to do with it.
k/man February 05, 2012 at 04:00 AM
I didn't read anything abt him stitchin neither he signd statemants on bigger dude y u think he got off with not intant to distrbute he's rat cause got caught
k/man February 05, 2012 at 04:04 AM
So typical scared to do the time when did the crime so brings down his dealers so he can get litlle mistameaners u kidding he got caught with half a sleeve for christ sake u serios and he only gets desk appearances SNITCH!!!!!!!
Your Neighbordhood Heroin Dealer February 06, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I don't know why anyone would want to live in Kings Park if these comments are a representative of the people who live there. Backwards, small town mentality is not acceptable anymore. We live in a global community now. You can not pick and choose what you feel is right and wrong, there are standards across the board now. If you do something illegal you will have reprecussions. You can not get out of jail free now because your grandpa worked on the railroad with the judge. And for those who truly feel the names of those who break the law should not be posted on a public forum for all to see, it seems as if you are only preparing for this to happen to yourselves. Please think about others when you post comments on this site, it's run by people who are just trying to help spread non biased information that is not skewed by "opinions" of the community, because then it's not really news is it?
Henry Powderly February 06, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I think all sides have been heard here, so we will close comments on this article.

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