Man accused of trying to sell narcotics in Pittsburgh traffic courtroom


PITTSBURGH - Allegheny County sheriffs’ deputies arrested a Glenshaw man Monday morning after he allegedly offered to sell illegal pills in a Pittsburgh traffic courtroom seating area, police said.

Christopher Durkin, 35, appeared in front of District Magistrate James Hanley to face a traffic charge of driving under suspension.


After the conclusion of his hearing, Durkin walked away from the bench and engaged an unknown person in a conversation inside the seating area of the courtroom, authorities said. 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 man immediately approached the deputy and told him Durkin just offered to sell him drugs. Police said the man further stated that he does not know Durkin and that Durkin asked him if he was interested in buying Suboxone pills.  

The deputy tracked down Durkin in the hallway and found him to be in possession of two unit doses of Suboxone, police said.

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 was awaiting arraignment.