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Westmoreland County worker faces drug charge

| Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 7:51 p.m.

A maintenance worker for Westmoreland County government offices faces a preliminary hearing next week on charges he was smoking marijuana in the lower parking garage at the courthouse annex complex.

Christopher A. Pavlik, 20, of 181 Kingston St., Unity, is to appear Nov. 8 before Greensburg District Judge James Albert on a drug charge. He was mailed a notice about the offense and hearing by Albert's office.

Westmoreland County detectives allege that they saw Pavlik light up in a black Acura sedan about 8:40 p.m. Aug. 13.

"We then approached the Acura sedan from our surveillance position and were able to smell marijuana," according to the probable cause affidavit signed by detectives William Brown and Tony Marcocci.

After the encounter, Pavlik apologized and provided the detectives with his marijuana cigarette and a pouch that contained cigarette papers and marijuana, the affidavit said.

Detectives said they put the garage under surveillance after the odor of marijuana was smelled there earlier. Authorities said they also saw a pouch and a plastic bag while walking past the car.

"Pavlik informed me that he smoked marijuana a couple of times a week each week during his shift at the courthouse, while on his lunch break," the affidavit said.

Detectives said Pavlik's supervisor and the county Human Resources office were notified.

Pavlik's access and identification cards were seized by them, the detectives said.

Chuck Dominick, county human resources director, didn't return several telephone calls seeking information on Pavlik's employment history or job status.

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