An East Meadow couple faces child endangerment and other charges after police officers pulled their vehicle over and found narcotics, drug paraphernalia and two young children seated without child restraints, authorities said.
Nassau police officers saw the 2017 Dodge Ram heading eastbound on Corporate Drive in Westbury at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday with extensive front-end damage and a flashlight being used as a headlight, officials said.
The officers pulled over the driver and saw a broken glass tube “with a white residue believed to be crack cocaine” and a black folding knife in the vehicle’s center console, police said.
The two children — ages 5 and 6 — were seated in the rear of the truck without proper child restraints, police said.
The driver, Francis Dima, 45, and his wife, Andrea Dima, 38, of Sixth Street, were taken into custody, police said, and the children were released to a family member
The couple had 89 green round pills imprinted with “U23,” believed to be oxycodone hydrochloride, “on their person,” in addition to crack, heroin and multiple hypodermic needles, police said.
Francis Dima was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and several vehicle traffic law violations.
Andrea Dima was charged with six counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
They were scheduled for arraignment Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.