NEWTON, NJ—A Newton man is in custody on drug charges possession and more after Newton Police Officer Ptl. John Flanagan stopped an out of town taxicab for having an inoperable brake light on Lower Spring Street around 3:28 a.m. on Friday, June 1, police said.

Ptl. Flanagan found that one of the backseat passengers, Matthew Collins, 24, of Water Street, had an active warrant for failure to appear on a possession of C.D.S charge, out of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, according to police.

The officer found a small clutch bag on the rear seat that belonged to Collins.  The bag contained  nine bags of crack cocaine, 50 bags of heroin and a crack smoking pipe according to police.

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Collins was processed and charged with two counts of possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was then lodged in the Sussex County Jail pending further release to the Morris County Sheriff's Department.

The other passenger and taxicab driver were not charged. Newton Police Department’s investigating Officers included Ptl. John Flanagan, Sgt. Michael Monaco and Ptl. Anthony Keiling.