Two Faulkner County men have been convicted of multiple drug charges and sentenced in unrelated cases.

According to 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden, Eric Matthew Helton, 26, of Conway was sentenced to 96 months in the Arkansas Department of Correction on several drug charges and child endangerment. Helton was charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance, maintaining a drug premises and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Agents with the 20th Judicial District Drug Crime Task Force arranged undercover drug purchases on multiple occasions, Vaden said. With the help of the Arkansas State Police, a search warrant was executed on Oct. 29 at No. 5 Third Circle Cut-Off in Conway. Helton and a female were arrested at the residence. Two minors, including a 3-week-old infant, were also in the home and were placed in the custody of the Department of Human Services.

Authorities found trash, sharp tools and dangerous liquids throughout the residence and vehicles on the property. The female stated to officers that she had bought pills for Helton to cook meth. She also tested postitve for methamphetamine in the hospital following the birth of the infant.

“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,” Vaden said.

In a separate case, Brian Eric Majors, 29, of 145 Hargrove Lane in Greenbrier, was sentenced to 120 months in the Arkansas Department of Correction after pleading guilty to charges of possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia, Vaden said.

Majors was arrested following a traffic stop on June 4.

Majors was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for crossing the center line on Meadowlake Road. Officers were given permission to search the vehicle and discovered a backpack belonging to Majors that contained several items of drug paraphernalia. A substance, later identified as methamphetamine, was located in the console of the vehicle.

Majors’ cell phone was confiscated and officers retrieved several text messages regarding what appeared to be drug activity.

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