Suspected Macon County drug dealer Stephen Turner faces numerous drug charges thanks to the joint effort of the Macon County Sheriffs Department and the Lafayette Police Department.
According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, the two agencies have been working for months on an investigation involving 54-year-old Turner, who they believe to be a key player in the sale of illegal drugs here in Macon County.
“On Monday, May 30, a deputy performed a welfare check on a 6-month old infant that was residing at Turner’s 802 Carr Branch Road residence in Lafayette,” Sheriff Gammons stated. “The officer detected a strong odor of marijuana inside the home, and on Tuesday detectives obtained a search warrant for the property.”
A search of Turner’s residence revealed heroine, cocaine, marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms, or ‘shrooms’ - all packaged for resale. Shotguns, pistols, surveillance equipment, approximately $800 in cash and other paraphernalia were also found.
Turner was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule I drug, possession of a schedule II drug, possession of a schedule III drug, possession of a legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a weapon.
The mother of the 6-month-old infant, 24-year-old Desiree Cagle, was also charged with possession of a schedule I drug, possession of a schedule II drug, possession of a schedule III drug, possession of a legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a weapon. Miss Cagle resided in the home with Turner, though their relationship is unclear.
Sheriff Gammons told the Chronicle that the Department of Children’s Services was contacted, and Cagle’s infant son was placed with a family member.
Turner also had horses and between 12 and 15 Pit Bull dogs located on his property, which authorities believe were used for dog fighting.
Macon County and Lafayette Animal Control officers were contacted, and the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency (WEMA) came to evaluate and treat the dogs.
Authorities also seized a 2003 Jaguar belonging to Turner and learned that one of the firearms found at his home was reported stolen.
“We believe Mr. Turner was a major drug dealer in Macon County,” said the sheriff. “I would like to thank the Lafayette Police Department, the THP and the detectives here at the sheriffs department for coming together on this case. This is just one example of what we can do when our departments share the same goals and work together to combat drugs across the county.”
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