Helper Man Arrested for Stolen Firearms, Distributing Heroin and Other Charges


Price City Police Department Press Release 

On Aug. 27, at 1:21 p.m. Price City detectives stopped Nathan Howerton, 32, of Helper, at 535 South 100 East driving a Ford pickup truck.

It was known that Howerton’s driver license was not valid, he allegedly committed a minor traffic violation and he had a minor vehicle equipment violation. Subsequent investigation resulted in Patrol Sergeant Kelly Maynes arresting Howerton for driving under the influence of alcohol. Howerton would subsequently submit to a breath test where he allegedly had an alcohol level over the .08 legal limit.

While conducting the state tax impound and vehicle and inventory report, officers located items of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana.

Detective Sergeant Brandon Sicilia and Detective Chris Pugliese continued pursuing leads involving Howerton on an unrelated matter. This investigation resulted in a search of a storage shed and of a residence. A total of 16 firearms and additional drug paraphernalia were located. Two of the seized handguns have been reported stolen, one from a residential burglary and one from a theft from a business.

Howerton is a convicted felon and is not allowed to possess firearms.

Howerton has reportedly been cooperative with detectives. Howerton has been booked into the Carbon County Jail for DUI – Alcohol, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Category II Restricted Person, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Distribution of Heroin and several traffic related violations. The Carbon County Attorney’s Office will review the case and determine what formal charges to bring against Howerton.

Howerton has been arrested previously for 22 different incidents in Utah, most of which involve multiple counts, as in the present case. Seventeen of those incidents have recorded convictions associated with them.

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