SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police Corporal Brian Hassloch responded to a call to a home on White Lake Road. The homeowner reported a suspicious vehicle had been left running in their driveway but was unoccupied on August 9 at approximately 4:25 a.m.
As the homeowner was calling dispatch at Sparta Police Department Headquarters, a man got into the car and left the scene. The homeowner provided police with a description of the vehicle and the license plate information.
As he was approaching the scene, driving on Route 15, Cpl Hassloch saw a vehicle matching the description drive past him. Turning around, Hassloch pulled the 2004 Honda to a stop on Limecrest Road.
The driver was 25 year-old Michael B Bivona of Wayne. When Cpl Hassloch asked to see his credentials, Bivona could not explain why he was stopped in the driveway on White Lake Road. “Cpl Hassloch observed a white wax paper fold used to package heroin, in plain view, on the front passenger side floor,” according to a statement from Sparta police.
Bivona refused Cpl Hassloch’s request to search his vehicle. Cpl Hassloch applied and was granted a telephonic search warrant. When he searched the vehicle, Cpl Hassloch found marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia. There were also a number of electronic items that had been stolen from vehicles in Byram and Andover. Items that had been stolen from the White Lake Road residence were also recovered.
Bovina was arrested and transported to headquarters for processing. He was charged criminally with Possession of Under 50 Grams of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe and two counts of Receiving Stolen Property.
He was issues motor vehicle summonses for a cracked windshield, Expired License and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. Bivona was turned over to Byram Police to be processed on their charges as well.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.