SPARTA TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – Two people are facing drug charges after police find more than 100 bags of heroin during a traffic stop in Sparta Tuesday afternoon, according to Sparta Township Police Lieutenant John Lamon.
Robert Barrale-Decker, 24, of Sussex was charged with DWI, careless driving, controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic needles.
Joshua Lindfors, 29, of Dingmans Ferry, Pa. was charged with possession of a hypodermic needle and possession of heroin.
At around 12:00 pm, police responded to Route 15 for reports of a white Chevrolet Malibu being operated erratically. Officers located the vehicle in the QuikChek parking lot, located at the intersection of Route 15 and Sunset Inn Rd in Lafayette, Lamon said.
Barrale-Decker, who was the driver, allegedly appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic substance He was given field sobriety tests and was tested by a Drug Recognition Expert, Lamon said.
Upon completion of the tests, Barrale-Decker was placed under arrest and was searched. He was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, a hypodermic needle and over 100 wax packets of heroin, Lamon said.
Lindfors, who was the passenger, allegedly attempted to conceal a hypodermic needle and 14 wax packets of heroin in his girlfriend’s car, which was parked in the QuikChek lot, Lamon said.
Barrale-Decker was released to a sober adult pending a court appearance.
Based on Lindfors prior criminal history, his charges were placed on warrants and was lodged in the Keogh Dwyer Correctional Facility to await his court appearance, Lamon said.