Lawrence man arrested on drug, gun charges

Kyheim Lameek Bethea, 32, of Lawrence, was arrested

Kyheim Lameek Bethea, 32, of Lawrence, was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and operating a vehicle without wearing a seat belt. (Sept. 7, 2013) (Credit: NCPD)

A Lawrence man arrested after Nassau County police said officers found drugs and a handgun in his car was ordered held on bond Sunday.

Police said Kyheim Lameek Bethea, 32, was driving a 1998 Nissan east on Mott Avenue Saturday shortly after 3 p.m., but was not wearing a seat belt. At his arraignment Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead, Bethea was ordered held on $125,000 cash bail or $250,000 bond, according to court records.

He is due back in court on Wednesday.


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After police pulled Bethea over, officers reported smelling marijuana in the car and found two large bags full of what they believed to be marijuana under a jacket on the rear seat.

Police said they also found a loaded .40-caliber Ruger handgun in a knapsack in the trunk of the car.

Bethea was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and operating a vehicle without wearing a seat belt.

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