SPARTA, NJ – Two men from Brooklyn, New York stopped for speeding are facing drug charges. On June 16 around 11 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Thomas Herd pulled over a grey Toyota Rav4 driven by David Mai, 20 going 95 MPH in a 55 MPH zone, police said.
When Herd spoke with the Mai, the officer smelled marijuana in the car. Mai said he had pot in his backpack. Sparta Police Officer Griffin helped with a search of the car. They found marijuana and a marijuana grinder in the back pack, police report.
The officers also found a marijuana pipe. Zhiming Chen, 21, also from Brooklyn, said the pipe was his. Both Mai and Chen were taken into custody and brought to Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing, according to police.
Mai was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, careless deriving, controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle and unclear plates. Chen was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to wear a seatbelt. Both were released with a court date.