BROOKTONDALE, N.Y. — A 70-year-old man is facing multiple felony drug charges after police say he was illegally found with more than 500 oxymorphone pills.

Robert Corey is charged with four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. His previously sealed indictment was made public Friday afternoon.

According to court documents, police issued a search warrant at his Hartford Road home around 6 a.m. on July 12 in Tioga County. Because the home is within 500 yards of Tompkins County, local police officers were able to investigate claims into his alleged drug sale involvement.

Police say they found 141 pills in a bottle hidden underneath a chair cushion in the living room and three separate, unmarked bottles of pills in Corey’s bathroom. Court documents state that the volume of drugs found indicate Corey’s intent to sell.

In total, 504 illegally owned oxymorphone pills were found in the home. Oxymorphone is a opioid used to treat pain and requires a prescription. Misuse of the pill can cause addiction, overdose or death.

Corey is being represented by attorney Lance Salisbury and scheduled to appear in court again in front of Judge John Rowley.

He is not currently in custody at the Tompkins County Jail.

Jolene Almendarez

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