NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Newton man face drug charges following a traffic stop in Newton on Thursday.
John Powasnick, 32, was charged with third-degree possession of controlled dangerous substance, possession of hypodermic syringes, and failure to properly signal while turning.
On May 9, the Passaic County Drug Task Force observed a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu in a known drug area in Paterson. A check of the vehicle’s registration revealed the owner, who was identified as Powasnick, resided at a Spring Street apartment building in Newton. This information was provided to a representative from the Sussex County Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force, according to Newton Police Lieutenant Robert Osborn.
Approximately an hour later, task force detectives observed Powasnick’s vehicle in the parking lot of a Spring Street Pharmacy. Upon leaving the parking lot, the vehicle was followed briefly and was observed to make a turn onto Trinity Street without signaling. The vehicle was then stopped on Water Street for the violation and the operator was identified as Powasnick, Osborn said.
A subsequent investigation allegedly resulted in Powasnick being in possession of 10 bags of heroin and 2 hypodermic syringes. He was arrested and several other needles were also located within the vehicle, Osborn said.
Powasnick was released pending an appearance at Central Judicial Processing.