Local Man Jailed In Marion County For Drugs, Weapons Charges

(SALEM, IL) — A 30-year-old Mt. Vernon man is in the Marion County Jail, after Centralia police arrested him Friday night on multiple drug and weapons charges. According to police, Princeton Terran Turner had stopped to talk to an Illinois State Police K-9 unit searching for five suspects believed to have gone to the door of a home in the 600 block of North Walnut Street and pointing a gun at a male inside the home. When officers reportedly noted the smell of cannabis coming from Turner’s vehicle, he allegedly admitted to having just smoked, but denied officers permission to search the vehicle. Just as officers were preparing to do a walk around check of the vehicle with the K-9, Turner reportedly ran back to the car and refused to exit. Despite Turner’s efforts to hold the door closed, officers were able to pull him from the vehicle, get him to the ground and in handcuffs. A search of Turner reportedly revealed a large baggie containing several smaller baggies of cannabis, and resulted in Turner reportedly admitting to “a lot” more in the vehicle, including a gun in the glove box. When the K-9 alerted on the vehicle, officers conducted a search and recovered a .38 revolver in the center console, eight pills that field tested positive for heroin, and over $2,000 in cash. The handgun, a 38 Detective Special was ultimately determined to have been stolen from Herrin. A special compartment discovered in the front dashboard of the car was empty. According to police, Turner told them the drugs were for personal use and he denied knowledge of the secret compartment. He told officers he purchased the gun from an individual in Carbondale to use for protection and wasn’t aware it was stolen. Turner was transported to the Marion County Jail for alleged armed violence, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful delivery of less than 30 grams of cannabis, possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm without a FOID card, and resisting arrest. Police have not yet located the five suspects alleged to have pulled a gun on the man in the North Walnut Street home.