SPARTA, NJ – A man from Michigan was stopped for speeding and ended up being taken into custody on drug charges.

On November 2, Sparta Police Officer Chris Favaro stopped the 2015 Dodge for speeding on Route 15 North when it exited onto Route 517 around 10:45 p.m. according to police. 

When he spoke with the driver David Jackson, Favaro reported he smelled burning marijuana.  The 22-year-old Detroit, Michigan resident threw something behind the seat when he was asked to get out of his car.

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According to police, when Favaro asked Jackson what it was, Jackson admitted he threw a plastic bag of marijuana behind the seat.  Favaro found the bag of marijuana and took Jackson into custody.  Police said they also got a “marijuana blunt” out of Jackson’s pocket. 

Jackson was transported to Sparta Township Police Department headquarters for processing.  He was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Jackson was also ticketed for speeding and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.

He was released pending a court date.  Sparta Cpl. Rob Fraser and Police Officer Tom Snyder assisted with the investigation.