SPARTA, NJ – A Newton woman is facing drug charges after a traffic stop in Sparta.  On July 2 around 2:25 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Steve Guido saw a 1994 Jeep driving erratically  on Route 15 north, abruptly moving back and forth between lanes, according to police.

Guido stopped the jeep driven by Samantha Benson.  When he spoke with her about the stop, the officer saw several wax folds used to hold heroin coming out of Benson’s purse.  Benson admitted to Guido that she had drug paraphernalia in the jeep, according to police.

The jeep was searched and Guido found 15 folds containing heroin and more than 400 empty wax folds. Four hypodermic syringes, several prescription pills and a variety of drug paraphernalia were also found in the 29-year-old woman’s car, police report.

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Benson was taken to Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing.  She was charged with possession of controlled dangerous substance, possession of hypodermic syringes, possession of a prescription drug without having a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Benson was also ticketed for failure to maintain lane and controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. 

She was released pending a court date.