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Nunley facing drug charge

A well-known Clinton businessman is facing criminal charges, according to the 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s office.

Steven Ray Nunley, 52, was booked at the Van Buren County Detention Center on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class D felony. Nunley owns a construction business.

The charge stemmed from an investigation conducted by the Drug Task Force on the item of drug paraphernalia that was seized when Nunley was being booked at the jail on June 13, 2012, after being arrested by the Van Buren County sheriff’s office for violation of a no-contact order, according to the prosecutor’s office.

According to court documents, Lisa Nunley, who filed for divorce in December 2011, had obtained an order of protection against Nunley. Lisa Nunley said in the petition that over the course of several months Nunley had taken her car, broken a window at her home, pushed and shoved her and sent her verbally abusive text messages. The no-contact order was served on June 12, 2012, by Deputy Lucas Emberton, documents show.

On June 13, 2012, Nunley was detained at the county jail. According to court papers, investigators and jailers found three pieces of aluminum foil folded up and placed into card slots in Nunley’s wallet. Nunley said the foil was to be used in fuse boxes on his equipment, the papers said. Heath Jones of the Drug Crime Task Force told Nunley the foil would be sent to the crime lab for analysis and if it came back positive for a controlled substance, Nunley would be arrested, the documents state. Jones asked if he would take a drug test and Nunley refused, the papers state.

Jones received the results and evidence back from the State Crime Laboratory, which said the substance in the foil was methamphetamine residue on Sept. 29, the documents state. At that point, Jones swore out an affidavit for warrant of arrest.

Nunley was released on a $2,500 bond. He is due in court on the felony charge Nov. 1.

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