SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police have arrested a Sussex man on drug charges after following up on a phone tip about an erratic driver.  Police Officer Timothy Lynott and Officer Steven Guido stopped the blue sedan on Route 15 north around 4 p.m. on November 10, according to police.

The driver was “extremely nervous and unable to answer questions,” police say.  Lynott spoke with the passenger, 34-year-old Daniel Devine.  Devine appeared to be under the influence of opiates, according to Guido.

Guido also saw that Devine had empty wax folds on his lap.  Devine was searched and officers found several more wax packets containing heroin along with two empty folds and a cut straw, police said.

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Officers searched the car and found a cigarette pack containing 57 folds of heroin.  Devine claimed they were his.  He was taken into custody and brought to Sparta police department headquarters for processing.

Devine was charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was released with a court date.