SPARTA, NJ – A man from the Bronx, New York threw a cup out the window of the car he was riding in, catching the attention of Sparta Police Officer Chris Favaro.  On April 5, around 7 p.m. Favaro stopped a white Ford Explorer on Route 15, police said. 

When Favaro approached the car, passenger Edson Meza-Alvarez, 29 rolled down his window.  Favaro smelled marijuana in the car, police said.

Favaro asked Meza-Alvarez about the littering.  The Bronx man told the officer he was pouring coffee out of the cup when it slipped from his hand, police said.

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When asked about the smell of marijuana, Meza-Alvarez admitted he had some pot, police said.

SpA check of the credentials of the driver, Mr. Martinez-Guiterriz, the report came back that his license was suspended and he was unlicensed, police said.

Martinez-Guiterrez was charged with unlicensed driver, driving with a suspended license and failure to keep right.  He was transported to Sparta Police Department Headquarters to arrange for a ride home, police said.

Meza-Alvarez was taken into custody and transported to Sparta Police Department Headquarters where he was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and littering from a vehicle, police said.

Both men were give court dates and released.