SPARTA, NJ – A man stopped for driving 77 MPH in a 55 MPH zone on Route 15 is facing drug charges.  On January 26 around 8:34 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Thomas Snyder stopped William Maier, 20, of Red Bank driving with a passenger in his car, police report.

While speaking with Maier, the officer smelled raw marijuana in the car.  Snyder was assisted by Sgt. Carbery, Police Officer Lippencott and Police Officer Porter as the car was to be searched, police report.

Maier was asked if there was anything illegal in the car.  Maier said there was a bag of marijuana under the driver’s seat.  Snyder found the bag of marijuana as well as three packages of cigars, used to roll marijuana blunts, according to police.

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Maier was taken into custody and taken to the Sparta Police Department headquarters.  He was charged with possession of 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, speeding and a cracked windshield.  Maier was given a court date and released.

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