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Drug and Alcohol Related Arrests

Sgt. John-Paul Beebe

Saturday, November 30, 2013 • 8:59pm


SPARTA, NJ- A Sparta man is in the Sussex County Jail on a Probation Violation after he overdosed on Heroin in his home and had to be revived by family members and police, on Nov 27.  At 3:37 p.m., Officer Brian Hassloch was dispatched to the home of 29-year-old Jeffery S Mathesius II.  It was reported that Mathesius was lying in the bathroom unconscious and unresponsive.

When Hassloch arrived on scene, a family member was administering CPR to Mathesius who was choking from an obstructed airway, after Hassloch cleared the obstruction, Mathesius gradually regained consciousness.   Mathesius was transported by the Sparta First Aid Squad and Paramedics from St. Clare’s in Sussex to the Newton Medical Center for treatment.

Police found in the bathroom in Plain View, an empty hypodermic needle on the floor along with a metal spoon.  A single glassine fold commonly used to package heroin was found floating in the toilet.  These items were seized and later logged into evidence.

Mathesius was later charged with; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Possession of a Hypodermic Needle and Being under the Influence of Heroin.  There was also a No Bail Warrant from the Superior Court in Newton for a Violation of Probation.  After being released several hours later from the hospital, Mathesius was lodged in the Sussex County Jail.  Cpl. Robert Fraser and Officer Craig Grauerholz assisted with the investigation.


SPARTA, NJ-Three Union County residents were arrested on drug related charges late Wednesday morning after they were stopped for failing to wear their seatbelts.  At 11:10 a.m. Cpl. Marc Rubino was on routine patrol traveling Rte. North in the area of the nine mile marker when he observed a 1996 tan Mercury with three occupants.  Once Rubino observed the violations, he stopped the vehicle.

While Rubino was speaking to the operator, later identified as 25-year-old Rahway resident, Nathaniel E. Young Jr, the corporal detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle. Young, his front seat passenger, 19-year-old Todd B. Walker II and the rear seat passenger, 20-year-old DeAndre K. Best both also from Rahway were then directed to exit the vehicle.

All three occupants denied any drug use or possession of narcotics.  Rubino requested from Young consent to search the vehicle.  Young would only agree to a limited search of the vehicle.  Rubino then applied for a Telephonic Search Warrant which was granted by a Superior Court Judge.

After searching the vehicle, several pieces of drug paraphernalia, along with a digital scale and 50 grams or less of marijuana was located and seized.  All three occupants were then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing.

All three were later charged with; Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Young was additionally charged with; Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a Motor Vehicle and Failure to Wear a Seatbelt.  Walker was also cited for failing to wear his seatbelt as well.  All three were released on their own recognizance several hours later.  Sgt. Jeffrey Mase and Officer Scott Elig assisted with the investigation.


November 25, 2013 DWI (ONE ARREST).

A Sparta man is facing numerous alcohol and traffic related charges after consuming alcohol while operating his motor vehicle and almost colliding with a Sparta Police Vehicle this past Monday afternoon on Woodport Road.  

At 4:18 p.m., Sgt. Jeffrey Mase was on routine patrol traveling south on Woodport Road near the intersection of Signal Hill Trail when he observed a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Pick-up Truck traveling north.  What drew the sergeant’s attention to this vehicle was that it was speeding; (57 mph in a 45 mph zone) and the vehicle was partially in Mase’s lane of travel.  As the vehicles passed each other the sergeant had to take evasive action to avoid being side swiped by the pick-up.

After stopping the vehicle, Mase spoke to the operator later identified as 43-year-old Joseph E. Gibeau.  Subsequent investigation heightened Mase’s suspicions that Gibeau was under the influence of alcohol.  After failing a series of Field Sobriety Tests, Gibeau was placed under arrest for DWI.  A water bottle containing partially consumed Vodka was seized from a cup holder in the vehicle.  Gibeau was then transported to police headquarters for processing and breath testing.

Gibeau blood alcohol test results were almost three times over the legal limit.  Gibeau was charged with; DWI, Careless Driving, Speeding, Failure to Keep Right and Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle.  He released several hours later to a sober adult.  His vehicle has been impounded.  Officer Scott Elig assisted with the investigation.


Sparta Police Drug Recognition Expert, Officer Brian Hassloch has completed his investigation into an incident on Nov 22 where a Sparta man was found passed out behind the wheel of his running motor vehicle in an intersection.

At 9:13 p.m., multiple 9-1-1 call reporting a passed out motorist at the intersection of Scudders Road and Tracy Lane sent Hassloch to investigate.  Upon arrival he found a black GMC Yukon idling in the middle of the roadway.  Seated in the driver’s seat was 30-year-old Jason R. Cook. Hassloch placed the vehicle in park and turned off the engine.  Cook was extremely lethargic and his pupils were pin-point.  Hasloch also observed a bloody injection mark on Cook’s left forearm.

When Cook exited the vehicle he dropped a “bundle” ten glassine folds stamped “Insanity” onto the street.  The folds commonly used to package heroin were empty.  Cook admitted to injecting them into his body prior to getting into his vehicle. Cook was found to have a hypodermic needle in his right front pocket which was secured as evidence.

After obtaining written consent to search the vehicle, Hassloch seized; a second hypodermic syringe, two additional glassine folds stamped “First Place” and numerous other pieces of drug related paraphernalia.  Cook was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing.

Cook has been charged with; Being Under the Influence of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Possession of Hypodermic Needles and a summons for Obstructing the Flow of Traffic.  He was released several hours later on his own recognizance.  He has a court date in Sparta Municipal Court on Dec 2 at 6:00 p.m. to answer to the charges.



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