Two adults and one juvenile are facing drug charges after the vehicle they were traveling in was stopped for an equipment violation. On August 5th at 9:37 pm, Officer Jeffrey McCarrick was on routine patrol on Sparta Avenue near the intersection of Andover Road.
A short time later, the officer stopped a red 2000 Ford Explorer after he observed that it had an inoperable left headlight. As the officer was talking to the operator, 18-year-old Joseph T. DeSantis of Lake Hopatcong, the officer detected a strong odor of raw marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle.
After obtaining a Consent to Search of the vehicle, officers found and seized; a plastic ziplock bag containing 50 grams or less of marijuana, from the rear storage pocket on the driver’s seat, a second bag of marijuana under the front seat, a multi colored ceramic smoking pipe and rolling papers were found in a pack of cigarettes in the storage area on the driver’s door and two bags of marijuana and a glass smoking bowl was found in the possession of a 17-year-old female passenger from Fredon.
DeSantis, the female juvenile and a third passenger 18-year-old Dylan Molnar from Stockholm section of Hardyston were placed under arrest for Possession of Narcotics and transported to Police Headquarters for processing.
DeSantis was charged with; Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernaila, Possession of a Controlled dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle, Maintenance of Lamps, and Violating his Provisional Driver’s License. Molnar was charged with; Possession of Marijuana. Both men were released on their own recognizance.