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Men Who Arranged Drug Sales from Prison Get 4 to 10 Years Each

March 8, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David A. Keightly Jr., 215.348.6342, dakeightly@buckscounty.org

Raymond Tuthill Craig Thomas
    Raymond Tuthill               Craig Thomas

Two Bucks County prisoners who conspired to have third parties sell prescription drugs for them on the outside were sentenced Tuesday to serve four to 10 years each in state prison.

Raymond Tuthill, 47, and Craig Thomas, 28, admitted concocting a scheme to have Tuthill’s legitimate prescriptions for Oxycodone and Clonazepam filled and sold illegally by two people outside the prison.

Both pleaded guilty before Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. to charges including possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and conspiracy. Tuthill also pleaded guilty in an unrelated theft case. In addition to the state prison sentences, Bateman gave the men concurrent five-year probationary sentences.

According to court documents, Thomas arranged for Tuthill to add a female friend of his to Tuthill’s prison visitor list. The woman then picked up Tuthill’s identification and wallet, which contained three signed prescription slips, during a prison visit on Feb. 10, 2016.

The woman then allegedly filled two of the prescriptions at a Levittown pharmacy, receiving one hundred fifty 30mg Oxycodone tablets and ninety 2mg Clonazepam tablets.

A third prescription could not be filled immediately and was left at the pharmacy to be filled later.

Inmate financial account records at the prison showed that the woman later deposited more than $1,260 into three prisoners’ accounts, the majority of it going to Tuthill and Thomas.

Oxycodone is an opioid painkiller frequently abused by addicts, while Clonazepam is an anti-anxiety medication. The prescriptions had been written for Tuthill, who said he suffers from chronic back pain, by a physician in Croydon.

The woman accused of participating in the scheme, 32-year-old Lindsay Adams of Springfield Township, is scheduled for trial April 18 on felony drug charges. Also awaiting trial that day on similar charges is Brian Kunsman, 39, of West Rockhill Township, who allegedly agreed to buy a large portion of the drugs from Adams.

In interviews with police, both Adams and Kunsman have denied selling any of the drugs obtained from the prescriptions.

Tuthill and Thomas both told Bateman that they have opioid addictions as a result of long-standing back injuries. Tuthill, who also has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder, said he began committing crimes to get drugs more than a decade ago after his physician “cut off” his access to prescription opioids.

Thomas, a construction worker who hurt his back by falling from a roof, said he developed an addiction after using opioids he obtained from friends and other non-prescription sources. He has two prior felony drug convictions that he blamed on his addiction, saying he never has received drug treatment while incarcerated.

Thomas expressed regret for getting Adams, his friend, involved in the scheme. “I want to apologize to Lindsay for involving her,” he said. “She should have never been involved.”

Tuthill told investigators that he had intended to use the money from the drug sales in part to pay for his bail. He told Bateman that he wants to continue treatment in prison for his addictions.

“It’s ongoing maintenance for the rest of my life,” he said. “It’s something I’ve got to do or I’ll die.”

The case was investigated by Bucks County Detective Timothy Carroll and Bucks County prison investigators, and prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney David A. Keightly Jr.

Approved for release by Gregg D. Shore, First Assistant District Attorney.

Office of the District Attorney
Bucks County Justice Center
100 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6344 
Fax: 215-348-6299

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