SPARTA, NJ – A woman from Kearney drew the attention of Sparta Police Officer Tom Snyder as she drove on Route 15 north.  Kiera Docherty had a burned out headlight on her 2002 Nissan.  When she was pulled over Snyder saw drug paraphernalia on the floor of the car, according to police.

Snyder asked the 29-year-old if there was any additional contraband in the car. Docherty told the officer about a marijuana bowl.  Snyder had the passengers and driver get out of the car so he could search it police report.

The search turned up a wax fold of heroin and “multiple items of drug paraphernalia,” according to police.  Docherty claimed the items were hers, according to police.

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The officer ran a check of the passengers in the car and found the front seat passenger Andrew O’Donnell, 30, from Lyndhurst, had an outstanding warrant in Newark, according to police. 

Both Docherty and O’Donnell were takend into custody and brought to Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing. 

Docherty was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.  She was also ticketed for maintenance of lamps, possession of controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, failure to produce a driver’s license and unclear plates.  She was released pending a court date.

O’Donnell was released ROR by Newark police pending a court date.