York man charged with trafficking methadone

jzou@heraldonline.comJuly 22, 2013 

— York police arrested a man for possession and trafficking of various controlled substances, including methadone, earlier this month, according to reports.

Police found 39-year-old York resident Jonathan Lee Steed smelling of alcohol and slumped over on a sidewalk bench on the evening of July 12.

After finding an open bottle of vodka under Steed’s thigh, officers searched him and found a medley of prescription drugs including painkillers and methadone, according to the report.

Officers recovered 5.5 grams of methadone from Steed’s pants pocket along with 18 pills of Lyrica, a prescription anticonvulsant, and more than 29 pills of Diazepam.

Both the Lyrica and Diazepam pills were kept in a Vitamin D bottle, the report stated.

Under state law, the amount of methadone qualified Steed for a trafficking charge. The other drug charges were for possession.

Lyrica is most commonly prescribed for fibromyaglia and other nerve pain. Diazepam, also known as Valium, is commonly used to treat anxiety and seizures.

All three drugs are classified as controlled substances, with methadone having the highest potential for abuse.

Jie Jenny Zou• (803) 329-4062

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