Salem man arrested on drug charges after police see him taking gravel

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Staff Writer Kate Wehlann

Raymond Pavey, 38, Salem, was arrested on multiple drug charges, obstruction and resisting law enforcement Sunday afternoon when Conservation Officer Neal Brewington found him removing gravel from the roadside and putting it in his truck.

Brewington was traveling on Green Mill Road in Hardinsburg when he saw Pavey and a juvenile removing gravel from the side of the road. He spoke with Pavey, who said he was moving the gravel to another area along Blue River to make access easier for fishing. When Brewington asked why Pavey was putting the gravel in his truck, Pavey told him he was taking the gravel to repair his driveway.

Brewington said in his report the license plate on Pavey’s truck was for another vehicle, but Pavey told him he was purchasing the truck from his sister, who was withholding registration until he made payment. Pavey also told Brewington he didn’t have his driver’s license. Further investigation revealed Pavey’s driving privileges were suspended with a prior conviction and the juvenile with him was unlicensed.

While Brewington was checking the VIN number on the vehicle Pavey was driving, he could smell marijuana coming from the passenger compartment.

When Brewington asked where the marijuana was, Pavey reached into his pocket and retrieved a plastic bag with marijuana, along with a pipe loaded with marijuana. Pavey denied having anything else on his person or in the truck.

However, when Brewington told him he was going to search Pavey, Pavey moved away and told him no. Brewington told him again he was going to search him and Pavey pulled away and “screamed, ‘Neal, I’ve got dope.’”

Pavey then pulled a small, black package from his pocket and threw it in the river.

Brewington drew his taser and ordered Pavey to put his hands behind his back. Pavey complied and was handcuffed, apologizing for throwing the drugs in the river, but that methamphetamine would have gotten him prison time. He said the object he threw contained multiple plastic bags with residue that he saved to scrape out the remnants.

After Pavey was transported to the Washington County jail and the juvenile was retrieved by his mother, another conservation officer arrived and seached the water for the item Pavey threw. He found it in the rocks a short distance from the water’s edge. It contained a glass pipe with burnt residue, a plastic bag containing a crystalline substance, multiple empty plastic bags and two cut straws.

Pavey was preliminarily charged with possession of marijuana hash oil, hashish or salvia, obstruction of justice, resisting law enforcement, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.

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