FEBRUARY 1, 2016

CONTACT: Chief Deputy Kevin M. Kraus, 412-350-4714

SHERIFFS' DEPUTIES ARREST MAN IN PITTSBURGH
COURTROOM ATTEMPTING TO SELL NARCOTICS

PITTSBURGH, PA - Allegheny County Sheriffs’ Deputies arrested Christopher Durkin, 35, of Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, this morning for offering to sell illegal pills in a Pittsburgh Traffic Court seating area.  Durkin appeared in front of District Magistrate James Hanley to face a traffic charge of Driving Under Suspension.  After the conclusion of the hearing, Durkin walked away from the bench and engaged an unknown person in a conversation inside the seating area of the courtroom.  As a result, a near-by Sheriff’s deputy, who was inside the room, instructed Durkin to leave the courtroom. 

Durkin then walked out of the courtroom, and the unknown male immediately approached that deputy and told him Durkin just offered to sell him drugs.  He further stated that he does not know Durkin, and Durkin asked him if he was interested in buying Suboxone pills.  This man was also in attendance to face a charge for a traffic offense.  The man again identified Durkin to the deputy, and the deputy then contacted Durkin in the hallway.  Durkin was illegally in possession of two unit doses of Suboxone in his pants pockets.

Durkin was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance and one count of Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance.  He was taken to the Allegheny County Jail where he is awaiting arraignment this afternoon.