A Bellport woman was arrested after Nassau County police said they found 92 pounds of marijuana in her vehicle after stopping her for traffic violations on Saturday evening.

Officers spotted Mizzie Artis driving a Hyundai in North Bellmore while talking on a cell phone and not wearing a seatbelt but she fled when she noticed the officers saw her meet a man in a minivan on Armand Street at 6 p.m., police said.

The man fled and the officers stopped the 27-year-old woman after she drove away but failed to stop at a stop sign, police said.

The officers smelled marijuana and found two large cardboard boxes in the vehicle. K-9 officers responded and had a positive alert for narcotics in one box, police said.  Two additional boxes of marijuana were found in the trunk.

Artis was charged with criminal possession of marijuana and several traffic violations.  She will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.