SPARTA, NJ – A man from Michigan is facing drug charges, having been stopped by Sparta Police Cpl. Joseph Antonello because the driver’s view was obstructed.  On November 11 around 1 p.m. Antonello stopped Gabriel Larosa of Ypsilanti, Michigan driving a white Jeep, according to police.

When the officer spoke with Larosa, Antonello smelled marijuana.  Antonello asked Larosa if there was anything illegal in his car.  Larosa showed Antonello a partially smoked marijuana cigarette.  He also gave the officer a zip lock bag containing marijuana, police report.

When Larosa’s Jeep was searched the officer found a prescription bottle, containing clear liquid, belonging to someone other than the driver.  Larosa said it was not his.  Police took the bottle for testing and took Larosa to Sparta police department headquarters for processing, police report.

Larosa was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was released with a court date.