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LIE service road closed for suspicious backpack, cops say

Jason Liarikos, 19, of Roslyn Heights, was arrested

Jason Liarikos, 19, of Roslyn Heights, was arrested April 19, 2016, and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of marijuana, Nassau County police said. Credit: NCPD

Nassau County police closed a Long Island Expressway service drive for two hours on Tuesday to investigate a suspicious backpack on the road, then found illegal drugs inside the backpack belonged to a Roslyn Heights man.

A stretch of the North Service Road west of Exit 37 on the LIE was closed starting sometime around 4:30 p.m. as police investigated the report of a suspicious package.

The Arson Bomb Squad found that the backpack belonged to Jason Liarikos, 19, of North Service Road, and it contained a pound of marijuana and an ounce of hashish, police said.

Liarikos was arrested at his home, not far from where the backpack was left, on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of marijuana.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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