Nassau County police said detectives were on an unrelated narcotics investigation at the Bethpage Motel on Hempstead Turnpike, when they saw two men exchanging money in the parking lot. One was in a car, the other staying at the hotel.
After the exchange, officers saw the driver of the car pull away - but they said he didn't use a turn signal when pulling out of the lot, so they pulled him over.
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Lubrano was released without bail after his arraignment. A woman who answered the door at Lubrano’s home in Farmingdale on Wednesday afternoon said he had no comment. A spokesman for the Diocese of Rockville Centre said Lubrano has been on leave for five years.