Man arrested after giving cocaine to officer at police station

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published February 25, 2015

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A man walked into the Clinton Township Police Department to bail out his friend, but it didn’t take long for him to allegedly blow it.

At around 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 7, 51-year-old Royal Norton reportedly walked into the station on Groesbeck Highway to bail out his friend, who was in custody on an OWI charge.

The bond was $300 and Norton presented three $100 bills to the desk officer, and that’s when the officer became stunned at what Norton had also given him.

“(Norton) came in here to post $300 bond. He presented three $100 bills to the station officer, and while separating the bills, there was a little plastic baggie between the bills,” said Lt. Eric Reincke. “It was a white powder substance that was consistent with cocaine, and (we) did a field test on it. It tested positive for cocaine, so he was arrested for possession.”

According to Reincke, Norton played dumb with the discovery. “When I asked him ‘What’s this?’ he said, ‘Oh, it’s just trash.’”

His friend was bailed out with the $300, and then Norton was jailed. He was issued a bond of $7,500 for his offense, which is punishable by up to four years in prison.

An unspecified individual posted 10 percent of Norton’s bond, which was $750.

The incident was something the police don’t see very often.

“It’s comical,” Reincke said. “Obviously, you don’t expect something like that to walk into the station.”

Norton was due back in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township within 10 days, or by Feb. 17.

The court confirmed that he posted bond. Norton’s next court date is Feb. 25. His attorney, Michael Smith, could not be reached at press time.

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