SPARTA,NJ – Several people with active warrants were picked up by Sparta Police this week. On February 12 around noon, Sparta Police Officer Christopher Favaro stopped Newark resident Alex Nunes-Ramalho, 23, for broken break lights on his gold Chevy Impala.
Nunes-Ramalho told Favaro that he did not have his wallet with him. Instead, the driver showed the officer a picture of a Florida drivers license with his photo. The officer found Nunes-Ramalho licenses to be suspended in Florida and New Jersey. He had two outstanding warrants in Newark and others in Harrison, Lyndhurst and Hillsborough, police report.
Nunes-Ramalho was arrested and brought to Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing. He was charged with driving while suspended, failure to exhibit drivers license, maintenance of lamps, failure to inspect, unlicensed driver and failure to wear a seatbelt. He was given a court date and, because he could not post bail, was turned over to Hillsborough Police Department.
Later that day, Sparta Police Cpl. Scott Elig and Police Officer Den Griffin found Stockholm resident Evan Rodriguez, 25, stopped on the side of Lafayette Road. They stopped to see if the driver needed assistance, police report.
Rodriguez was found to have an outstanding warrant from Lyndhurst. As Griffin asked the driver to get out of the car the officer saw marijuana on the floor. A search of the car turned up a pack of Swisher Cigarillos, commonly hollowed out used to smoke marijuana, a small glass vial containing white powder suspected to be cocaine and a vape containing marijuana wax, police report.
Rodriguez was taken into custody and brought to Sparta Police Department headquarters. He was processed for possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. He was given a court date. Rodriguez was able to post bail and was released.