SPARTA, NJ – A traffic stop on Route 15 ended with two men in custody; both had warrants and one had drugs. On May 13 around 11 p.m. Officer Thomas Herd stopped a black Jeep Patriot for a broken license plate light, police said.
Herd checked the identification of all three people in the car. They are all Sussex residents. The two passengers Christopher Delguadio, 31 and Christopher Hillery, 40 both had warrants and were taken into custody, police said.
The driver Jodi Southard, 30 was released from the scene with tickets for unclear plates and maintenance of lamps, police said.
Delguadio had a warrant out of Secaucus. Hillery had a bench warrant out of Passaic County. When Hillery was searched the officer found he had 100 wax folds of heroin in the hood of his sweatshirt. A hypodermic needle and a glass smoking stem were found in his pant’s pockets, police said.
Both were brought to Sparta Police Department Headquarters for processing. Secaucus police were contacted and came to get Delguadio on their warrant, police said.
Hillery was charged with possession of heroin, possession of a hypodermic needle, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to wear a seatbelt. Because of his past criminal history and active bench warrant, all charges were put on a warrant and Hillery was sent to Keogh Dwyer Correctional Facility to wait for his court date, police said.