Cops: Man Tries to Hawk Drugs While in Court

Pennsylvania man's plan didn't pan out
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2016 1:40 PM CST
Cops: Man Tries to Hawk Drugs While in Court
Nice try, guy.   (Shutterstock)

A 35-year-old man who showed up in a Pittsburgh traffic courtroom Monday to face charges of driving under suspension was apparently feeling either very reckless or more or less invincible (and invisible). The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Christopher Durkin had wrapped up his hearing and was heading out of the room when he stopped to briefly talk with an unnamed man in the courtroom's sitting area. A sheriff's deputy saw the interaction and told Durkin to skedaddle.

But after Durkin left, his conversational partner approached the deputy and told him Durkin had asked if he had wanted to buy any Suboxone—a narcotic used to relieve pain and treat opioid addiction. The deputy went out into the hall and found Durkin still hanging around, with two unit doses of the drug on him. Durkin was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and, thanks to his courtroom chat, possession with intent to deliver, the AP reports. As of Tuesday morning, he was awaiting arraignment at the Allegheny County Jail. (At least he didn't call 911 on himself.)

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