State Police patrol in an assortment of vehicles, which contain an arsenal of equipment, including many which are equipped with high tech cameras that can read license plates from cars traveling at high rates of speed and give off an audible alert in the cruiser indicating a reason to stop a vehicle. That was the case this morning, when troopers were patrolling on the Meadowbrook State Parkway near Stewart Avenue.
State Police said the license plate reader indicated a suspended registration as troopers passed a blue Mercedes-Benz, which was traveling northbound on the parkway and they initiated a traffic stop.
As the troopers began to interview the driver of the vehicle, Benjamin Crawley, 38, of Hempstead, they “detected a strong odor of marijuana,” a news release said. State Police said a search of the vehicle yielded the finding of marijuana and “a small amount of heroin.” Field sobriety tests were given to Crawley, which he failed, cops said.
His front seat passenger, Rochelle Nelson, 26, of Hempstead, was also arrested for possessing a small amount of marijuana, the release said. She was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.
Crawley was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Police said the charges were returnable to First District Court in Hempstead, but as of this writing, arraignment details were not available.