SPARTA, NJ – A man from Irvington is facing drug charges after being stopped for speeding.  On October 21 around 10:45 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Steven Guido clocked Alexander Sandaire, 25, going 78 mph in a 55-mph zone, according to police.

After stopping the car, Guido spoke with Sandaire.  The officer smelled marijuana.  Cpl. Schomp, Cpl. Rubino and Police Officer Finley arrived to provide assistance, police say.

Sandaire admitted there was a half-smoked joint on the floor behind the passenger seat, police say.  When the officers searched the car they also found two partially smoked marijuana cigarettes in the ashtray and a Vaseline jar containing two small zip lock bags containing marijuana, police said.

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The driver also admitted the marijuana was his.  The officers found Sandarie had a suspended driver’s license.  He was taken into custody and brought to the Sparta Police Department headquarters, police say.

Sandaire was charged with possession of under 560 grams of marijuana, speeding, driving while suspended, failure to surrender suspended license and possession of controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.  He was released with a court date.