SPARTA, NJ – A traffic stop on Route 15 yielded drug a large cache of heroin and two drug arrests.  On September 18 at 1 p.m. Sparta Police Officers Thomas Snyder and Chris Favaor were patrolling Route 15 when Snyder saw a car with an expired inspection sticker, police report.

They stopped the car and when Snyder spoke with the passenger, Fabian Rodriguez, 43, the officer saw two empty wax heroin folds on the floor of the back seat and fresh track marks on Rodriguez’s arm, according to police.

When the driver, Jonathan Rivera, 32, stepped out of the car a hypodermic needle fell out of his shoe.  Sparta Sgt. Carberry arrived to provide assistance and the officers searched the car, police report.

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A purse was found in the car containing 55 wax folds of heroin stamped with the brand “Death Wish.” The officers also found several empty wax packets and a hypodermic needle loaded with heroin, ready for injection, police report.

Rodriguez of Budd Lake admitted ownership of all of the contraband found in the car, except for the needle that fell out of the driver’s shoe.  Both Rodriguez and Rivera of Sussex, admitted to using several bags of heroin while driving, police report. 

They were taken into custody and brought to Sparta Police Department headquarters.

Rivera was charged with failure to inspect, maintenance of lamps, controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and possession of a hypodermic needle.  He was released pending a court date.

Rodriguez was charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic needle. He also had active warrants in Providence for $1,000 and in Parsippany for $1,000.  Rodriguez was brought the Sussex County jail.