Convicted Felon Charged with Gun, Drug Offenses
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - A Paducah man was arrested on several charges Tuesday after a disturbance was reported at North 8th and Campbell Streets.
Paducah Police Officer Justin Hodges responded to the scene and spotted a vehicle that was described. He pulled over the vehicle, and determined that the driver, 31-year-old Joseph B. Wathen of Stark Avenue was a convicted felon. Hodges also saw an ammo box and loose ammunition in the front seat.
A search of the vehicle was performed, and Hodges seized the ammo, Lortab and Aprazolam pills, a marijuana grinder containing marijuana, three straws and a white powdery substance, a roll of pennies wrapped in electrical tape for use as brass knuckles, and drug paraphernalia.
According to police, Wathen admitted during an interview that he had hidden a gun at his father's house, so Hodges went there and found 5 rifles and shotguns in a closet. Wathen said he kept them there because he knew he was not supposed to have them. The weapons were seized as evidence.
Wathen was arrested for two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. There were also several traffic offenses.