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Cops: Long Island dad buys drugs with child in car

Kenneth Smith, 38, of Valley Stream (left) and Benedict Lindsley, 39, of Oceanside, were arrested Sunday evening in Nassau County, police say.
Kenneth Smith, 38, of Valley Stream (left) and Benedict Lindsley, 39, of Oceanside, were arrested Sunday evening in Nassau County, police say.
Photo Credit: Nassau County Police Dept.

A Valley Stream man was arrested Sunday evening after Nassau County police said he went showed up at an Oceanside home to buy drugs with his young daughter in the backseat of his car, according to a March 24 police news release.

Police allege Kenneth Smith, 38, drove to a home at 428 Pearl Street in Oceanside, where a resident of the home, Benedict Lindsley, 39, greeted him before the two allegedly performed a drug transaction, officials said.

Officers said the two men hopped into Smith’s car and headed east on Atlantic Avenue before they were stopped nearby because the vehicle had a suspended registration. While police officers were conducting the traffic stop, they found Smith’s young daughter in the backseat of the car without a child restraint seat.

At the time, Smith was allegedly found with three bags of heroin, cops said. Both men were arrested at the scene and the child was released to a family member.

Smith was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child. Lindsley was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal sale of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.

Online court records show Smith was ordered held at $12,500 bail, while Lindslaey was held on $55,000 bail after arraignments Monday at First District Court in Hempstead. Both men are due back in court on Wednesday.