Cops: Driver on Meadowbrook arrested on drug charges

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A motorist stopped for speeding on the Meadowbrook Parkway Sunday in East Garden City was arrested on drug charges after State Police said troopers observed a hypodermic needle in the vehicle.

John Monahan, 53, of Holbrook, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic needle, criminal use of drug paraphernalia, driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana following the stop near Stewart Avenue at 2:52 p.m., police said

Monahan was held for arraignment in First District Court in Hempstead, police said.

Court records show Monahan was ordered held on $2,500 bond or $2,500 cash bail -- and is scheduled to next appear in court on Wednesday.

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State Police said troopers from the Farmingdale barracks stopped Monahan on the Meadowbrook after they clocked his Toyota traveling at 77 mph in a 55-mph zone. Police said troopers spotted a hypodermic needle in the vehicle and said Monahan "exhibited signs of intoxication." Monahan was given a field sobriety test which he failed, police said.

Troopers said a search of the vehicle then uncovered "clear bags" containing cocaine, as well as additional hypodermic needles, crack cocaine, a pipe for smoking marijuana and a scale. "Several" small bags of heroin were also recovered from Monahan's pockets, police said in a news release.

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