Citizens For A Better Norwood

Friday, July 31, 2009

Norwood police arrest Helton family of 3 for drug trafficking

The Enquirer is reporting the overnight arrest of Thomas and Sharon Helton and their son James, 19, after the Norwood police drug unit raided their Cleveland Avenue home at 11:15 p.m. They were booked into the Hamilton County jail on drug trafficking charges at about 3:30 a.m. Norwood Police Sgt. Michael Spille was not sure of the amounts or the kinds of drugs that were seized, but court records show that the son is accused of possessing less than 200 grams of marijuana. The Helton’s home was searched following an undercover drug investigation.

ADDENDUM: According to this Channel 9 report, Norwood police enlisted the help of a SWAT team to arrest the Helton’s. Neighbors say they are glad law enforcement is cracking down in their neighborhood; and one neighbor, Christine Messer, told Channel 9, “"In the last month alone, I probably called the police 100 times. Drug dealing, prostitution, they own the street. Nobody wants to ever call the police. I used to be a person like that. I just got tired of it and started calling the police."