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Police: 92 pounds of pot in woman's car

Police arrested Mizzie Artis, 27, of Bellport after

Police arrested Mizzie Artis, 27, of Bellport after they said they found nearly 100 pounds of marijuana in her car during a traffic stop. (Jan. 26, 2013) Photo Credit: NCPD

A Bellport woman who was talking on her cellphone while driving was arrested Saturday after police pulled her over and found nearly 100 pounds of marijuana in her car, Nassau police said.

Mizzie Artis, 27, was driving a 1999 Hyundai east on Columbus Avenue in North Bellmore at 6 p.m. when officers in an unmarked car saw her speaking on a cellphone and not wearing a seat belt, police said.

Artis drove to Armand Street and met a man in a minivan, but the man drove away after the officers drove by both vehicles, police said.

Artis also drove away, running a stop sign and not signaling her turn, police said.

After officers pulled Artis over, they saw two large boxes in the car and smelled marijuana, police said. A police K-9 search detected narcotics in the box in the front seat, and two other boxes that also contained marijuana were found in the trunk, police said.

Police said they found a total of about 92 pounds of the drug.

Artis was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and a variety of vehicle and traffic-law infractions.

At her arraignment Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead, Artis was ordered conditionally released to probation. She is due back in court on Wednesday.

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