Conway Man Sentenced For Multiple Drug Charges And Child Endangerment

Eric Matthew Helton, age 26, of Conway was sentenced to the Arkansas Department of Correction for several drug charges and child endangerment.

      Twentieth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden, charged Helton with 2 Counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substances, Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Maintaining a Drug Premises and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.

      Agents of the 20th Judicial District Drug Crime Task Force arranged undercover drug purchases on several occasions.  With the assistance of the Arkansas State Police, a search warrant was executed October 29, 2009 on #5 Third Circle Cut-Off in Conway.  Eric Helton and a female were found in the residence and both were arrested. 

Two minors, including 3 week old infant, were also in the home and were placed in the custody of the Department of Human Services.  The residence and vehicles were filled with trash, sharp tools and dangerous liquids.  The female stated that she bought pills recently for Helton to cook meth.  She had also tested positive for methamphetamine in the hospital after the birth of the infant. 

      “This case is a prime example of how illegal drugs and addiction have become the plague of our times.  To allow children to be in the area while this poison is being manufactured is unthinkable.  I am pleased with this sentence and hope that others will think twice before allowing their children to be present during the manufacture or use of methamphetamine.” said Vaden.

Helton was sentenced to 96 months in the Arkansas Department of Correction.