A Tamaqua man was lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, Sunday night after police were alerted to suspicious persons in the vicinity of the Kane Lumber Company, Cottage Avenue.
Once on scene an officer noticed the light from a flashlight coming from a wooded area to the south of the property, then drove to the access road behind Kane's. Three individuals walking towards him were stopped and questioned.
One of the trio, Ryan Navitsky, 33, began fidgeting and asked to retrieve a soda from a backpack he was wearing, due to his stated diabetic condition. As Navitsky opened the backpack the officer observed a road flare, tin snips and several pairs of pliers.
When questioned about the tools Navitsky told the officer they were for use in his job with a demolition company. The officer then conducted a patdown search and discovered a pill bottle wrapped in black electrical tape. The bottle contained two small blue pills, two small white pills and a small plastic bag containing two smaller bags filled with a white crystal substance.
Navitsky admitted the pills were prescription medication which had not been prescribed for him, and the crystal-like substance was bath salts. Also found on Navitsky was a small, silver, .32 caliber revolver, which the man did not have a license to carry. The serial numbers were partially filed away.
He was taken into custody and arraigned on charges of carrying a firearm without a permit, possession of a firearm with an altered manufacturer number, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Unable to post the $7,500 bail set by Duty District Judge James Reilly, of Pottsville, Navitsky was transported to the county prison.