SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police Officer Kurt Morris pulled a car over for speeding on Route 15 North. A 2013 Honda was stopped early in the morning, around 3:20 a.m. on August 2. 

PO Morris detected the smell of marijuana as he spoke with the 22-year- old driver Jonnathan Arias from Astoria NY.  Morris also saw marijuana and paraphernalia in plain sight. 

Arias was arrested and transported to Sparta Police Department Headquarters for processing.  He was charged criminally with Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Additionally Arias was issued summons for Speeding, Failure to Wear a Seatbelt and Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle.

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He was released pending a court date in Sparta Municipal Court. 

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.