WHARTON, NJ – A traffic stop in Wharton led investigators to a Sparta man who planned to distribute “a large quantity” of cocaine from New York City into Morris County, said authorities today.

The man, Pablo Home, 30, was arrested following a 3-month investigation that began with information generated by Wharton Police, said Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Deputy Chief Denise Arseneault in a press release. She said the Wharton officer gained some “intelligence” that led to Home’s arrest “following a motor vehicle stop on Route 46.”

Arseneault did not reveal the name of the person stopped by the Wharton officer but said the investigation that began with the stop “ultimately led to law enforcement halting the importation of a large quantity of powder cocaine and crack cocaine into Morris County by Home.”

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Home was arrested today in Parsippany when he was pulled over while driving, said Arseneault. Authorities seized a quarter kilogram of cocaine “with a street value in excess of $12,000” as well as about $1,800 in cash.

“This investigation exemplifies how effectively the Morris County Narcotics Task Force conducts investigations based on intelligence developed by municipal law enforcement agencies,” said Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp in a statement. “This investigation successfully halted the importation of a large quantity of cocaine that would have likely been sold in Morris County this holiday weekend.”

Home faces one count of first-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance (cocaine) with the intent to distribute, one count of second-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance (crack cocaine) with the intent to distribute, two counts of third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance and one count of third-degree financial facilitation of criminal activity (money laundering).

Home was placed in the Morris County jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.

The investigation was led by Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Anthony Scibetta and Detective George Tsimpedes of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Narcotics Task Force. Knapp thanked the Narcotics Task Force, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department and the Borough of Wharton Police Department.