SPARTA, NJ - A Newton man is facing drug charges following reports of erratic driving. On April 4 around 5:45 p.m. Sparta police Cpl Kurt Morris searched for a 2008 Dodge pickup reported to be driving erratically area near the Quick Chek on Sparta Avenue, according to police.
Morris found the truck in the Quick Chek parking lot with the driver 36-year-old John Nystrand. The officer found Nystrand had an active warrant from the Sussex County Sheriff's office. Nystrand was taken into custody, according to police.
When Morris searched Nystrand he found several wax folds of heroin in his pocket. Morris also found a hypodermic syringe and a bag containing assorted prescription pills for which Nystrand did not have a prescription, police report.
Nystrand was taken into custody and brought to Sparta Police Department headquarters.
Nystrand was charged with possession of controlled dangerous substance, possession of a hypodermic syringe, possession of prescription medication and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Nystrand was also ticketed for driving while suspended, failure to surrender a suspended driver's license. He was lodged in the Sussex County Jain on the warrant as well as the new charges.