Shamokin man charged with drug offenses
SHAMOKIN - A 48-year-old city man has been charged with possessing more than 100 Oxycontin pills, 18 unopened Suboxone packets, cash and numerous drug paraphernalia during a March 26 home visit by county adult probation officers.
Richard Shurock, of 45 S. Fifth St., faces a felony of possession with intent to deliver Oxycontin and a misdemeanor of possession of Suboxone. The charges were filed Thursday by Shamokin Cpl. Jarrod Scandle at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III.
According to a criminal complaint, Scandle received a call from the Northumberland County Adult Probation Department to assist probation officers who found various drugs and drug paraphernalia at Shurock's residence.
Items taken into custody during a search of Shurock's home included 100 Oxycontin pills packaged in a Swisher Sweets cigarillos package, 50 Oxycontin pills packaged in a Phillies cigar package, one opened and cut Suboxone strip packaged in a clear plastic baggie, 18 unopened Suboxone strips in a white envelope, a safe, an "owe slip," a mirror with residue, three cut straws, $1,550 in cash, three empty Oxycontin prescription bottles, two empty Oxycodone pill bottles and a cell phone.
When questioned about the drugs and drug paraphernalia, Shurock told Scandle he has a prescription for Oxycontin and it's normal for him to take the pills out of the marked prescription bottle and package them in a random package/container. Shurock said he doesn't have a prescription for the Suboxone and didn't elaborate why he had them.
Shurock told police the cut straws and mirror are used to snort crushed pills, which he does on occasion. He said the cash was money he had saved. He didn't provide Scandle with any information about the "owe slip."
The defendant was taken into custody during the home visit for a probation violation, but was released April 24 from Northumberland County Prison, Sunbury.