A South Hempstead man was arrested Sunday night on marijuana possession charges after he allegedly invited police officers inside his house that supposedly stunk of marijuana, Nassau County police said.
Jonathan Moreno, 24, is awaiting arraignment Sept. 30 at First District Court in Hempstead on a charge of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
Police spotted Moreno in front of his Stratford Road home around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. The officers, who were on a burglary patrol, stopped to question Moreno after he was seen looking into a 2005 Toyota parked in front of the residence.
He allegedly told the officers that he was the car’s owner and even offered to show them proof inside his house. Moreno went to retrieve the documents and invited the detectives inside with him, a news release said.
Police said the house reeked of marijuana and officers saw a digital scale, heat sealer, marijuana pipe. A plastic bag containing marijuana was also left in plain view, authorities said.
After an investigation, officials recovered six pounds of marijuana and $26,915 cash from the home.
If convicted, Moreno faces up to seven years behind bars.