FRANKLIN, NJ - An arrest was made following multiple complaints of drug activity around Main Street. After investigation complaints of apparent narcotics transactions, Franklin police arrested Robert Norman, a resident of Hamburg, for selling heroin in and around Franklin on Dec 21.
Norman was arrested for distribution of narcotics related offenses. Two others were arrested at the same time for possession of crack cocaine and heroin. Natasha McCoy also of Hamburg and Stephen Howe of Sussex were reportedly with Norman at the time of his arrest.
McCoy, 32 years-old, swallowed eight glassine bags of heroin just before the police got to her. She later regurgitated the bags at Franklin Police Headquarters. McCoy had also tried to conceal a hypodermic needle in her body cavity before making contact with the police at the scene. The needle was found near to McCoy before it could be concealed.
Police report the 32 year-old Hamburg resident was also found to be wanted by Sussex County Superior Court for Failure to Appear on unrelated charges.
McCoy was also found to have $1,200 in warrants from other local jurisdictions and was also found to be wanted by Sussex County Superior Court for failure to appear for unrelated charges.
Howe was charged with possession of heroin and crack cocaine and released pending a court hearing.
McCoy was also charged with possession of heroin and crack cocaine and tampering with evidence. Her bail was set at $15,000 with no ten percent option. She was transported ty the Sussex County jail in lieu of bail and on the other warrants.
Norman was charged with Distribution of heroin, distribution of heroin within a school zone, distribution of heroin within 500 feet of a public building, along with multiple other narcotics offenses. His bail was set at $100,000 with no ten percent option. He was also transported to the Sussex County jail in lieu of bail.
Franklin police say the investigation is ongoing.
The complaints that were filed are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The charges may be presented to a grand jury for potential indictment.