Swallowing baggies of heroin during a motor vehicle stop led to the hospitalization and eventual arrest of a Newton man on drug charges, police said.
Trevor G. Demarinis, 32, was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, specifically heroin, possession of a hypodermic syringe, a disorderly persons offense, and hindering apprehension by suppressing evidence, a disorderly persons offense.
At 2:10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, an Andover Township police officer stopped a vehicle along Newton-Sparta Rd. near the Sparta town line.
During the stop, the officer learned that the passenger in the car — identified as Demarinis — had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Totowa Borough for $600, police said.
Upon Demarinis being removed from the vehicle, officers observed glassine baggies containing heroin.
While being taken into custody, Demarinis had leaned forward on the vehicle and swallowed the bags of heroin, police said.
Demarinis was transported to Newton Medical Center for medical attention, then processed and released pending a mandatory court appearance in Sussex County Superior Court.