WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – A Logan man faces felony drug charges after officers observed alleged drug transactions taking place in the parking lot of a Williamson bar.
According to a criminal complaint, on Tuesday, May 31 officers with the US 119 Drug Task force observed Larry Rashawn Turner enter a black Nissan at the Marathon Station at the intersection of Harvey Street and Second Avenue in Williamson.
The complaint states that the Task Force officers knew Turner to be a distributor of controlled substances particularly crack cocaine. Officers also believed that the driver of the vehicle Turner entered was an individual recently indicted by a Mingo County Grand Jury on charges related to delivery of controlled substances.
Officers then contacted the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) and provided a description of the vehicle as well as a description of the vehicle’s occupants.
As the Task Force officers continued their surveillance, they observed the black Nissan back into the parking lot in front of the 3-Way located at the corner of Prichard and Ben Street. During surveillance, officers observed Turner and the other occupants of the Nissan enter the bar and later exit the bar. At that time, officers observed Turner conduct what appeared to be hand to hand drug transactions with multiple individuals outside.
Turner then entered Nissan as well as the driver and other passengers. Officers observed that the vehicle remained stationary in the parking lot. At one point, a female passenger was observed walking from inside the vehicle to the back of the vehicle on the passenger side where Turner was sitting.
Task force and WVSP officers then approached the vehicle. While approaching, officers noticed Turner making movements that appeared to officers as if he was attempting to conceal or retrieve something within his pants or from within the back seat of the vehicle. Concerned that Turner could possibly have a weapon; the undersigned officer withdrew a pistol and issued a verbal command for the occupants to exit the vehicle.
While detaining Turner and the passengers of the vehicle, officers detected the odor of marijuana. When questioned, the detained passengers admitted to have recently smoked marijuana inside the vehicle which gave officers probable cause to conduct a search on the vehicle.
During the search, officers noticed Turner making nervous movements and pulling at his clothing. At that point, an officer conducted a pat down on Turner for officer safety. While conducting the pat down, the officer felt a hard object in the crotch of Turner’s pants. When the officer pulled at the object in Turner’s pants, the object fell out his pant leg and on to the ground. The officer inspected the object which appeared to be a plastic bag containing a white rock like substance suspected to be crack cocaine. A field test conducted on the substance resulted in a positive test for cocaine base.
Turner was arrested on charges related to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. The driver and other occupants of the vehicle were released after a search of the vehicle and occupants did not reveal additional controlled substances or contraband.
Information in this article was obtained by use of criminal complaint which is public record. Those mentioned should be considered innocent until proven guilty.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)