An early morning traffic stop in Uniondale for a seat belt violation led to the arrest early Wednesday of a driver and his passenger on drug and weapons charges, Nassau County police said.
A Diamondback .9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol and a fully loaded 14-round magazine were recovered during the stop on Uniondale Avenue at Jerusalem Avenue at 12:50 a.m., police said. A sandwich bag containing what is believed to be marijuana and a piece of aluminum foil believed to contain cocaine also were recovered, police said.
Police said the driver also had outstanding warrants for drug possession and vehicle and traffic law violations.
According to police, two Bureau of Special Operations officers on routine patrol saw the brown 2017 Nissan Maxima, driven by Cordearo D. Thompson, 27, of Bayview Avenue, Baldwin, stopped about 30 feet short of the traffic light at Uniondale and Jerusalem and also saw Thompson was not wearing a seat belt.
The officers then conducted a traffic stop and, police said, were able to smell “a strong odor of marijuana” as they approached the car — also seeing the plastic sandwich bag, containing “a green leafy substance,” in the center console cup holder.
Officers found Thompson had a suspended license. They also recovered the aluminum foil packet, police said.
Thompson was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana, second-degree unlicensed operator and driving without a seat belt.
Police also arrested the passenger, Erica Clark, 30, of Denton Place, Roosevelt, charging her with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Both Thompson and Clark are scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead.