Saturday, December 30, 2017

Report of Suspicious Activity Leads to Galloway Man Charged with Drug & Weapon Offenses

On Friday, December 29, 2017, at approximately 12:05 p.m., Galloway Township Police Department officers responded to the 200 block of E. White Horse Pike (Route 30) for a report of a suspicious individual possibly in possession of a firearm. 

Upon patrol checking the area, they located Thomas J. Turner Jr., 42 of Galloway, who was wearing a black tactical vest and carrying a backpack.  

While officers were speaking with Turner, they discovered that he was carrying an assault firearm (a .45 caliber Encom MP-45 assault pistol) along with a 30-round extended magazine loaded with 17 bullets. Mr. Turner was also found to be in possession of 15 grams of methamphetamine (a quantity consistent with distribution), drug paraphernalia and other suspicious items.

During the investigation, a search warrant was obtained for a storage container that was leased by Thomas Turner Jr.  Upon execution of the search warrant, police located additional drugs (heroin), various weapons, a variety of ammunition and two additional extended magazines.

Turner was lodged in ACJF on a warrant and was charged with the following offenses:
  • Possession of an Assault Firearm;
  • Possession of an Assault Firearm While in the Course of Committing a CDS Offense;
  • Unlawful Possession of an Extended Ammunition Magazine (x3)
  • Possession of Schedule I Drugs (Methamphetamine and Heroin)
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS

This case is currently being investigated by Patrolman Jeremy Feliciano.  The Richard Stockton University Police Department, Atlantic City Police Department and Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office assisted with the investigation.

Anyone witnessing any type of suspicious activity is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency.


Nancy said...

Great job and bravery to the officers involved! Hooray to the people who saw something and said something!!

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