NEWTON, NJ—What began as a routine motor vehicle stop for operating with a brake light out and an obstructed view of the windshield, turned into an arrest for possession of drugs and more.

On Wednesday July 26 at 3:08 p.m., Sgt. Michael Monaco stopped a Dodge Intrepid on Halsted Street. The vehicle was being operated by David Pezak, 28, of Belleville, NJ.

When he approached the car, Sgt. Monaco saw four bags of heroin in the driver’s side door panel. Pezak was taken into custody.

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Upon further investigation, officers recovered another 93 bags of heroin, about one gram of heroin packaged in small containers, Xanax and Adderall pills and a set of brass metal knuckles.

Pezak was lodged in the Sussex County Jail pending a hearing after being charged with possession of a hypodermic needle, possession with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a prohibited weapon.  He was also ticketed for failure to maintain lamps and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.

Ptl. John Flanagan assisted with the investigation along with Sussex County Sheriff’s Detective Kieran McMorrow with his K-9 trained in narcotics detection.