SPARTA, NJ – A Dingmans Ferry man was arrested on Route 15 after being stopped for failure to wear a seat belt.  On July 25 at approximately 7:50 a.m. Cpl Marc Rubino stopped a Dodge 2007 pickup truck that was traveling south on Rt 15. 

While talking with the driver, 27 year-old Patrick T Burd Cpl Rubino detected the strong odor of burnt marijuana.  Burd consented to allow the officer to search his car.  The search uncovered a satchel in the passenger part of the vehicle that contained a plastic zip-lock bag of marijuana.  There was also a smoking pipe in the vehicle.

Burd was arrested and brought to Sparta Police Department Headquarters for processing.  He was charged with Possession of under 50 grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He also received a motor vehicle summons for Failure to Wear a Seat Belt and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle. 

He was released pending a court date.