A Shirley driver stopped for speeding had half a pound of marijuana as well as cocaine in the car, drugs with a street value of up to $7,000, State Police said Tuesday.
Bilal Muhammad, of Lockwood Drive, was arrested Saturday night after he was caught going more than 80 mph on westbound Sunrise Highway, near Exit 62 in Eastport, police said. He and his passenger, Donald Bullock, of Railroad Avenue in Center Moriches, were arraigned Sunday in Southampton Town Justice Court on drug related charges.
Troopers had probable cause to search the car on the spot, which is how they found a duffle bag with two vacuum-sealed plastic bags of what appeared to be a high-grade strain of marijuana, Lt. Jose Febo said. They also seized drug packaging and distribution paraphernalia, including scales and plastic bags, he said.
The marijuana bags were marked "Jack Herer," Febo said.
"It's a very potent, high-grade marijuana that was developed out in California for the famous marijuana activist Jack Herer," he said. "I've seen it go as high as $12,000 a pound."
Also, several grams of cocaine worth an estimated $700 was found, with Muhammad possessing powder cocaine and Bullock carrying crack cocaine, Febo said.
Muhammad and Bullock were both charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. Bullock was also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
Febo said the traffic stop was made about 10:30 p.m. during a daylong initiative by East End troopers to enforce speed limits and the Ambrose-Searles Move Over Law. When it's safe, the Ambrose-Searles law says, highway motorists must move one lane away from emergency vehicles, including police, construction and tow trucks, stopped along roadways to perform their duties.
During the day, troopers issued 41 summonses, including 16 for violating the move over law, Febo said.