SPARTA, NJ – A man from Bronx, New York was arrested on a myriad of charges stemming from his attempt to deliver a used car to Montague. Jorge Villanueva caught the attention of Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley on Route 15 because his Nissan Pathfinder had a cracked taillight, police say.
On March 13 around 7:22 p.m. the officer found the license plate on the Pathfinder was actually registered to a Honda Civic. When Finely asked Villanueva about the discrepancy the driver explained he was delivering the car and just threw a plate on the car, police report.
Villanueva was not able to show his driver’s license or a registration or insurance card for the Pathfinder. Finley found that the car was not registered or insured. Further, Villanueva was found to have his license suspended in New York, police report.
Finley smelled marijuana in the car and Villanueva said he had smoked earlier but not in the car. When Finley searched the car he found a trace of marijuana and a cut straw containing a white powder suspected of being cocaine, according to police.
Villanueva was taken into custody and brought to Sparta Police Department headquarters. He was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, fictitious plates, unlicensed driver, failure to produce documents, maintenance of lamps, uninsured vehicle, unregistered vehicle and controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was given a court date and release.
The Pathfinder was impounded until the new owner can show proof of registration and insurance.