Drug arrest made after man found unconscious near Norfolk businesses

NORFOLK, Neb. -- A man was arrested after being found unconscious outside a cluster of businesses along Omaha Avenue Monday.

33-year-old Howard J. Parson Jr., of Norfolk, was discovered passed out in a parked car shortly before 10:30 a.m.

When officers approached the vehicle, they said they observed a glass pipe. A second responding officer said he saw medication pills falling out of Parson's pant pocket. The pills were later identified as hydrocodone, for which Parson did not have a prescription.

Parson was taken into custody, and in a subsequent search, officers found a total of 18 hydrocodone pills, over four ounces of methamphetamine, approximately an ounce of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia items.

Parson was arrested for two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of over an ounce of marijuana.

He was housed in the Norfolk City Jail and transferred to the Madison County Jail.