SPARTA, NJ- A Boonton man and a woman from Lodi are facing drug charges and obstruction after a traffic stop on Route 15. On October around 10:30 p.m. a white Toyota Corolla caught the attention of Officer Michael Poon because it did not have a front license plate, police said.
When Poon pulled the car over he spoke with the driver who said he was 28-year-old Jose Gonzales of Paterson and that he never had a driver’s license, police said.
Poon smelled pot in the car. Passenger Amelia Valentin, 29 of Lodi said she had a bag of marijuana in the center console of the car. When the car as searched police found a bag of pot, drug paraphernalia and oxycodone pills, police said.
Gonzales clamed the pills were his. Both Gonzalez and Valentin were taken into custody and brought to Sparta Police Department Headquarters for processing, police said.
While being processed it was discovered that Gonzales was actually Daniel Wendt, 29 of Boonton, police said.
Wendt was charged with obstruction, possession of narcotic pills, possession of drug paraphernalia, suspended driver, unlicensed driver, obstructed view, fictitious plates, unregistered vehicle, uninsured vehicle and controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.
Because of his extensive criminal history and risk assessment, Wendt was taken to the Morris County Jail to await his court appearance, police said.
Valentin was charged with obstruction, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. She was given a court date and released, police said.