Montoursville mother and son face drug charges

Text messages left on a cellphone resulted in Montousville police filing conspiracy drug charges against 19-year-old Jonathan R. Durr and his 40-year-old mother, Ellen M. Trumper, according to court records filed at the office of District Judge Gary A. Whiteman.

Police allege Durr, of 212 Broad St., Montoursville, conspired with his mother, with whom he lives, to sell her prescribed painkillers and other medications to his “drug-seeking friends,” Patrolman Kurt Hockman said in affidavit.

The teenager has admitted to police that his mother was providing him with her prescriptions which he would sell in order “to help her out with rent and food money,” Hockman said.

The investigation began when police encountered Durr in the 300 block of North Montour Street on the morning of Oct. 5. He had on him a pair of brass knuckles, a prohibitive offensive weapon, and some pills, police said.

After he was taken to police headquarters, Durr allowed police to review his cellphone “to look for any drug talk,” Hockman said.

It was during the search of the phone that Hockman discovered text messages between Durr and his mother that had to do with the son allegedly selling some of his mother’s prescriptions for her.

Durr admitted that this alleged arrangement of selling his mother’s prescription had been “going on for some time,” Hockman said.

Hockman also found on Durr’s phone pictures of what appeared to be marijuana plants. After Durr admitted the plants were at his house, he and Hockman went to the home, where the officer seized 14 marijuana plants.

Both Durr and Trumper were arraigned last week before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on drug charges. Durr, charged with possession of marijuana and conspiracy, was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail while his mother, charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and conspiracy, was released on $15,000 bail.