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Often-arrested Weirsdale man popped on drug charges

Joshua Edward Turner

A Weirsdale man with an extensive criminal history was arrested on drug charges after being caught with marijuana and methamphetamine.

Joshua Edward Turner, 31, of 17879 132nd Court, was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and possession of drug equipment.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded Wednesday night to a report of a verbal disturbance at 14255 SE 91st Ave. in Summerfield. The deputy made contact with Turner and asked if he had any weapons on him, and Turner said he did not, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Turner appeared to be acting suspicious and trying to conceal something in his left pocket. The deputy tapped the outside of the pocket and felt a glass pipe, then looked inside the pocket and observed a clear plastic bag with a green leafy substance and a glass pipe in it, the report said.

Turner told the deputy he has a prescription for marijuana but didn’t have it in his possession. He said the pipe was for melting wax. The leafy substance tested positive for marijuana and the pipe tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the report.

Turner was taken to the Marion County Jail, where his wallet was searched and a crystal-like substance was found. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine, the report said.

Jail records show Turner with 10 prior arrests in Marion County since 2008 on charges including drug possession, theft, burglary, hit-and-run, grand theft of a motor vehicle, trespassing, resisting an officer, fleeing law enforcement, and smuggling contraband into a detention facility.

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