SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police seized a large number of packets of heroin in a traffic stop. On January 22, Police Officer Tom Snyder stopped a 2004 Dodge because the license plate lights and a headlight were not working.

After speaking with the driver, Jonathan Wecht, 47, P.O. Snyder suspected the Vernon resident was under the influence of narcotics. Snyder then spoke with the passenger, 34-year-old Brianne Lutz of Newton.  Lutz told Snyder that there was heroin hidden in the car, according to police. 

Snyder found 263 wax folds of heroin hidden in the car’s fuse box, police report.  He also found heroin in Lutz’s purse.  Lutz had originally give the officer a false name.  She was found to have an outstanding warrant. 

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Both were taken into custody and brought to the Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing.  Wecht was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a prescription legend drug.  He was also given summons for maintenance of lamps, failure to inspect, cracked windshield and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.

Wecht was released pending a court date.

Lutz was charged with possession of heroin, hindering and possession of drug paraphernalia.  She was turned over to the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office for the outstanding warrant.  Her court date is pending in Sparta.

Sgt Adam Carbery, Cpl Rob Fraser and P.O. Steve Guido assisted in the investigation.