A Shinnecock Hills man was arrested Friday evening in Sagaponack after police found at least a pound of marijuana in his car during a routine traffic stop.
Steven Camacho, 20, was stopped by Southampton Town Police at around 5 p.m. while traveling west on Montauk Highway, near Sagaponack Main Street, for having an expired vehicle expiration. After pulling him over, officers said they noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the car.
After searching Mr. Camacho’s car, officers said they found more than a pound of the drug in a semi-clear plastic bag inside a backpack on the backseat of the vehicle. Mr. Camacho told police that the pot was his and that he bought it in East Hampton.
Since the marijuana was not broken up and packaged for resale, it is unclear if Mr. Camacho intended to resell the drug or keep it for personal use, according to Town Police Sergeant Susan Ralph. The marijuana also was not purchased from a known drug location, she added.
Sgt. Ralph could not specify exactly how much marijuana was found in the car, but Mr. Camacho was charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a felony, and state law notes that the charge is appropriate when an individual is in possession of at least 16 ounces of marijuana.
Mr. Camacho was also ticketed for having an uninspected vehicle, illegally tinted side windows and an obstructed view, all violations, according to police.
He was arraigned Saturday in Southampton Town Justice Court. Bail information was not immediately available.
New York State Troopers arrested two drivers in Westhampton on Saturday for driving recklessly on Sunrise Highway, speeding and cutting each other off.
Louis Faiella, 55, and John Greene, 48, both of Holbrook, were driving westbound on the highway when they were stopped for reckless driving, police said. Mr. Greene was charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, and Mr. Faiella was charged with driving while his ability was impaired by alcohol, a violation.
Police could not say if the men were drag racing or involved in a road rage situation.
Both men also were charged with multiple traffic violations, according to police.