Crime Watch

Bellmore man charged with drug possession


A Bellmore man who was stopped for speeding on Merrick Road now faces drug possession charges after his arrest on Thursday, according to Nassau County Police.

The 32-year-old was pulled over by plainclothes 7th Precinct officers at 11:05 p.m. on Sept. 19. Police said he was speeding in his 2001 Ford while heading west on Merrick Road near Lefferts Place. Upon inspection of the car, officers found cash and several drugs, according to police.

Officials explained that, when the suspect was stopped, officers smelled marijuana and “noticed an electronic cigarette commonly used for smoking hashish.” After police placed him in custody, they discovered three large bags with three pounds of marijuana, one small bag of cocaine, 10 white hydrocodone pills, two yellow hydrocodone pills and $3,020 in cash.

The Bellmorite was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and a traffic violation. Police said he would be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Friday.

No injuries were reported, police said.