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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Arrest made for theft, meth

  • Phillips County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a 36-year-old Helena-West Helena man in connection with the discovery of active meth labs at an abandoned mobile home on Holly Street back on Sept. 11.
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  • Phillips County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a 36-year-old Helena-West Helena man in connection with the discovery of active meth labs at an abandoned mobile home on Holly Street back on Sept. 11. Frank Norton Jr. was arrested without incident at Wal-Mart on Sunday, Sept. 15 according to an incident report filed by the PCSO. The report stated that Norton was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to manufacture crystal meth, a Class D felony and possession of a firearm by certain persons, also a Class D felony. Deputies discovered three meth labs while searching the abandoned trailer during the investigation of a burglary. Clothes belonging to the suspect also were found at the scene. Two of the three meth labs were found in a neighboring abandoned trailer. The Sheriff's Department report also says that Norton has been charged with residential burglary, a Class B felony and theft of property, a Class D felony. Deputies report that at the time of Norton's arrest he had in his possession a driver's license, ATM card and Social Security card belonging to a Jerry Hopper in his pocket. Norton allegedly took the items from the Hopper's residence on Highway 316 North. Norton also reportedly had marijuana, hydrocodone pills and in crystal meth in his possession. Arresting officer Lt. Sylvester Rose charged Norton with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, hydrocodone and possession with the purpose to deliver crystal meth. According to the incident report, Norton has charges of breaking and entering, theft of property and possession of a firearm by certain persons pending against him in connection with break-in and theft from Phillip Gregory's truck . Rose and Deputy Tommie Bivens recovered the items. Norton is currently in custody at Brickeys Detention Center. Bond was set at $57,000.

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