A 21-year-old Long Island man is being held in the Westchester County Jail on drug charges after he was spotted handling cocaine as he sat in a car at a North Pearl Street gas station, according to .
Police said Christopher E. Fazio of 17 Elm Drive, East Northport, NY, apparently did not notice the village police officer who was standing right next to his car at about 3:30 p.m. on Monday. A clerk at the gas station called police after noticing Fazio sitting in a car adjacent to the station's store for a long period of time.
When a Port Chester police officer went to the gas station, police said Fazio was seen sitting in the driver's seat of a Honda Civic that was jammed with personal possessions. At the time, police said Fazio could be seen holding a CD case that had white powder on it — with Fazio using his driver's license to arrange the powder into lines.
Police questioned Fazio and said they found he had more than 500 miligrams of cocaine and he had several pills in a pocket. Fazio was then charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, because of the cocaine and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, for the pills — identified as benzodiazepine, a psychoactive drug that is used in the treatment of insomnia an anxiety.
Fazio, who told police he was on his way from Long Island to Albany, NY, was arraigned in Port Chester Village Court and ordered held in the county jail in Valhalla pending a hearing.