By Jeff Lehr
JOPLIN, Mo. —
A Webb City man became a prime suspect in a recent burglary of the Stone’s Corner Pharmacy when a variety of narcotic pills allegedly were found in his possession at the Joplin City Jail.
Shannon D. Albright, 28, was arrested by Joplin police after a two-vehicle accident last Thursday near 20th Street and Schifferdecker Avenue.
Officer Michael Gayman said Albright, who was driving one of the vehicles involved, fled on foot into some nearby woods before police arrived. He was located about an hour later and was taken into custody for an alleged parole violation and on a charge of resisting arrest.
On Saturday, as Albright was being prepared to take a shower at the jail, a female detention officer reportedly felt something suspicious inside a sock that he was carrying. When she tried to determine what it was, he allegedly grabbed her arm and pushed her several times into a door before he could be subdued with the use of a Taser gun.
An inspection of the sock turned up 12 hydromorphone pills, three and a half tablets of morphine sulfate and six oxycodone pills, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed in Jasper County Circuit Court in support of felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and assault of a corrections officer.
The variety of narcotic pills in the inmate’s possession apparently drew the interest of detectives with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department who were investigating a June 26 break-in of Stone’s Corner Pharmacy at highways 171 and 43, north of Joplin. An undisclosed amount of drugs was stolen in the burglary.
CAPT. DEREK WALROD of the sheriff’s office said questioning of Shannon Albright this week led to an additional charge being sought against him. The count filed by the prosecutor Wednesday does not directly charge him with the burglary. It instead charges him with possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute.