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Somerset police officer faces drug charges

Ricardo Pavao was arraigned on Wednesday after turning himself in on drug and larceny charges. Police say the 33-year-old officer went to the housing complex Sunday without telling a supervisor.

The Herald News reports Pavao allegedly knocked on doors and told residents he was checking their emergency information. A 92-year-old man told investigators he handed Pavao three prescription drug bottles after the officer offered to dispose of expired prescription drugs.

A resident notified police after becoming suspicious.

Pavao told investigators he threw the drugs away and said he was trying to show some initiative after poor work reviews.

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