SPARTA, NJ – A Vernon woman and Boonton man are facing drug charges after being stopped on Route 15. Tammy Torres, 23, caught the attention of Sparta Cpl. Daniel Elig when she failed to move over to the right lane on July 22 around 8 p.m.  Elig ran a check on Torres and found her license to be suspended, according to police.

When Elig asked Torres for her identification he saw drug paraphernalia.  The passenger, Joseph Colon, 29-years-old of Boonton appeared to have fresh track marks on both arms from intravenous drug use. Sparta Sgt Hannam and Sparta Cpl. Mastandrea arrive to assist Elig according to police.

Elig asked Torres for permission to search her car but Torres would not allow it.  Elig got a serach warrant and the officers found two hypodermic needles, two wax folds of heroin, eight empty folds of heroin and several rubber bands, police report.

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Both Torres and Colon were arrested and taken to Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing. 

Torres was charged with possession of heroin, possession of syringes, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, failure to keep right and failure to surrender a suspended license.  She was released pending a court date.

Colon was charged with possession of heroin, possession of syringes, possession of drug paraphernalia and throwing debris from a motor vehicle.  Colon also had an active warrant from Essex County.  He was transported to the Keogh Dwyer Correctional Facility pending his court appearance.