Two men were arrested early Friday morning following a raid on their home, which is located at 2156 Prince St.
Major Andy Shock, public information officer for the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department, has confirmed that the SWAT team, which is a combined effort of Faulkner County sheriff’s deputies and Conway police department officers, entered the home shortly after 6 a.m. When the team secured the residence, officers searched the home and arrested Steven Howard, and his stepfather Clarence Rodgers, 50, on various firearms and narcotics violations.
“Officers have had the home under surveillance for the past two to three months,” Shock said. “When they entered the home, Howard had two guns in bed with him, one of which had been reported stolen. Officers also found four ounces of marijuana packaged in quarter-ounce bags that were ready to be sold.”
In addition to the firearms and the marijuana, officers discovered scales, marijuana pipes and various drug paraphernalia.
Shock said that while Howard was the main focus of the investigation, they had received multiple calls over a course of time regarding the activities at the home.
“We get multiple complaints on a daily basis about cases,“ he said. “We look into them all, but a lot of the time there isn’t enough to it to get a search warrant. Fortunately, in this instance, there was enough for us to obtain a search warrant and judging by what the officers found in the home, it was obviously an issue that needed our attention.”
Howard faces felony charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute, theft by receiving, maintaining drug premises in proximity to a school and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.
Rodgers faces felony charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use.
Both men have subsequently been released on bond.
Shock said that while the home that was raided is in close proximity to Conway High School, they have not received any reports that Howard was selling marijuana to students.
He also confirmed that this arrest was the second for Howard within the last 60 days. He was arrested by the Conway Police Department and charged with disorderly conduct and driving with a suspended license in April.
(Candie Beck is a staff writer and can be reached at 505-1238 or at firstname.lastname@example.org)