A Southern Tier pharmacist is accused of trafficking illegal drugs.

The U.S, Attorney’s office says 31-year-old Mark Mongillo of Unadilla appeared in federal court December 22 on charges of methamphetamine distribution and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime

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Authorities say Mongillo, who was pulled over by Johnson City Police and found to have drugs and a loaded Glock pistol with a defaced serial number in the door pocket of his car on Route 201 January 20, is a licensed pharmacist in the State of New York.

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WNBF News reported the arrest by Johnson City Police on January 21.

Police said they found the gun, bags containing one-point-four pounds of methamphetamine, $4,468 dollars in cash, drug packaging materials and a glass pipe in the car when they pulled Mongillo over for erratic driving on Wednesday evening.

Federal prosecutors say, if convicted, Mongillo faces a minimum of 10 years in prison on the drug charge and up to life in prison on the weapon count.

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