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Hopatcong Police Arrest Duo Caught with Marijuana in Car with Child Inside


Two people were charged after police suspected that they were smoking marijuana in a car with a young child.

According to authorities, on Apr. 28th, the Hopatcong Police Department received a call from a concerned citizen about a possible intoxicated driver leaving the Quick Chek with a child in the vehicle.

Officials said Ptl. Anthony Cirri stopped the vehicle driven by Matthew Murphy. When Ptl. Cirri approached the vehicle he saw a young child sitting in a booster seat in the back. Ptl. Cirri could smell the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle.

According to authorities, Matthew Murphy and the front seat passenger, Sheri Lewis, were subsequently taken out of the vehicle. The vehicle was searched and a burnt marijuana roach, still warm to the touch, was found in the center cup holder as well as a THC vape pen in the glove box.

Police arrested Matthew Murphy and Sheri Lewis and charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of CDS (THC oil) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Officials said both Murphy and Lewis were lodged in the Sussex County Jail.

These charges are merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.