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Cops: Long Island parents had heroin in car with infant

Nicholas Hernandez, 21, of Islip, is accused of possessing a “large quantity” of heroin with his 5-month-old son in the car, Suffolk Police said.
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The parents of a 5-month-old boy were arrested in Ronkonkoma on Tuesday after Suffolk County police found “a significant quantity” of heroin in their car with the infant during a traffic stop, according to a Feb. 25 police news release.

The couple was pulled over shortly before 1:30 p.m. along the service road of the Long Island Expressway in Ronkonkoma after the driver allegedly committed numerous traffic infractions. Detectives were patrolling the area after receiving complaints about possible drug activity, the news release said.

According to police, the detectives who approached the car could smell a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle and said the passenger, Nicholas Hernandez, 21, of Islip, told investigators he “had just smoked marijuana.”

As the detectives continued to investigate, they found a large quantity of heroin in the car, authorities said in announcing felony charges against the couple. Police said their 5-month-old son was also in the car.

Police charged Hernandez with third-degree and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of criminal contempt and endangering the welfare of a child.

The woman driving the vehicle – who police did not identify – was also arrested and charged with third-degree and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree criminal impersonation. She was additionally issued numerous citations for traffic violations, police said.

A police spokesperson said the woman’s name was being withheld because she is the victim of domestic violence.

The young child was released to family members and police said they also notified officials at Suffolk County Child Protective Services.

Authorities did not immediately say when the pair would face a judge for arraignment.