SPARTA, NJ – Two people sitting in the back seat of a car parked on Indian Trail made someone suspicious enough to call Sparta Police Department. On February 15 around 12:50 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Erick Finley went to investigate the red Dodge Caliber police report.
A man and a woman were lying down in the back seat when the officer arrived. Finley asked them both for identification. While the officer was speaking with 34-year-old Vernon resident Alexander Nicosia and his friend, Finley smelled raw marijuana, police say.
Nicosia said he had smoked marijuana earlier but there was no pot in the car. When he was told the car would be searched Nicosia admitted to having marijuana in the center console. Sgt Schomp, Cpl. Rubino and Police Officer Guido arrived to assist as the car was searched, according to police.
They found a pack of Bob Marley rolling papers and a ziplock bag of marijuana. Nicosia said the pot was his. He was taken into custody and brought to Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing. Nicosia was charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and failure to make repairs. He was released with a court date.
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