FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ – Following multiple complaints of narcotics activity in the Borough near and around Main Street the Franklin Borough Police Department conducted a narcotics investigation.
Residents complained of what appeared to be multiple narcotics transactions occurring around the area of Main Street.
Following an investigation, Detectives alleged Mr. Robert A. Norman, 32, of Hamburg was selling heroin in and around Franklin. Robert Norman was also found to be wanted by Sussex County Superior Court for failure to appear in Superior Court on unrelated charges.
On December 21, 2015 at about 9:30PM– Mr. Norman was arrested for distribution of narcotics related offenses. Two individuals who were present at the time of his arrest were found to be in possession of crack cocaine and heroin. Natasha McCoy, 32, of Hamburg and Stephen Howe, 35, Sussex, were with Mr. Norman at the time of his arrest and found to be in possession of the narcotics. Ms. McCoy swallowed eight small glassine bags of heroin just prior to contact with police, which she later regurgitated in Franklin Police Headquarters. At the time of her stop she attempted to conceal a hypodermic needle in her body cavity prior to making contact with officers on scene. The hypodermic needle was found near Ms. McCoy prior to being concealed.
She was also found to have $1,200.00 in active warrants from various local jurisdictions and was also found to be wanted by the Sussex County Superior Court for failure to appear for unrelated charges. Mr. Howe was charged with possession of heroin and crack cocaine and released pending a Court appearance in Sussex County Superior Court. Ms. McCoy was charged with possession of crack cocaine and heroin and tampering with evidence. Her bail was set at $15,000 with no ten percent option. She was transported to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of bail and active warrants.
Mr. 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 transported to the Sussex County Jail in lieu of bail.
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.