Grand Gorge residents arrested in heroin case

Staff report
A father and son from Grand Gorge have become the latest area residents to be arrested in connection with heroin possession, according to state police.

Three generations of the Pavia family were headed west Saturday night on Route 28 in the Town of Olive about one-and-a-half miles east of Boiceville, when troopers from the Kingston barracks stopped and searched their car.

They arrested Charles Pavia, 22, after discovering that he allegedly had in his possession 148 glassine envelopes of heroin, which police say were packaged for sale. He has been charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. He was also charged with tampering with physical evidence and resisting arrest.

State police said that Pavia attempted to “discard a controlled substance” while he tried to avoid being placed in custody. Since the incident occurred while Pavia’s four-year-old son was a passenger in the car, he was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Pavia’s 54-year-old father, Richard, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Troopers said he possessed a hypodermic needle and was behind the wheel when they stopped the vehicle.

Lawyers for the father and son could not be reached for comment. Pavia remains behind bars in the Ulster County Jail following his arraignment in Town of Olive Court. The case has been sent to the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation for further investigation.

Heroin cases rising
Law enforcement officials have said that heroin use is on the rise in the region.
“Any highway can be a corridor and people driving it can be anywhere from Route 23 to Route 17,” said Delaware County Undersheriff Douglas O. Vredenburgh.

In May of 2011, a trio of Margaretville area residents was arrested for heroin possession after state police stopped and searched their U-Haul truck on Route 28 in Fleischmanns and discovered 60 glassine envelopes of heroin packaged for sale. Matthew Santiago, Courtney Williamson and Mike Johnson were arrested for heroin possession and sentenced to prison. The three were between the ages of 22 and 19 at the time of their arrests.