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Parolee Allegedly Hid Almost 3 Pounds Of Heroin In A Secret Compartment In His Car

| by Alexander Rubinstein

Police say they found narcotics hidden in a secret compartment inside of the car of a parolee pulled over for speeding. The parolee is now facing multiple drug charges.

Gregory Turner Jr., 27,  was driving a 1999 black Buick when officers pulled him over. He was driving at 52 mph in a 35 mph zone on July 15, according to a Riverside, Illinois, police statement.

The officer said could smell marijuana when he approached the car. Turner said any drugs found in the vehicle were not his, but his girlfriend's, with whom he had lived for the past two months.

A K-9 unit alerted police that there were drugs in the car, according to officers. Turner was taken into custody and the vehicle was searched, reports My Fox Chicago.

“In this case, the drugs were so well hidden that once the canine hit on the compartment of the vehicle, a female officer had to remove her bullet-proof vest to be able to squeeze through the compartment to be able to recover the narcotics that were hidden in a pass-way between the back seat of the car and the trunk,” said Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel in a statement.

Officers found 54 plastic bags filled with heroin, each about 24.26 grams. They also discovered 24.26 grams of marijuana and 10 pills of Xanax, police said. All of the recovered drugs were packaged individually, which police assume was for distribution.

Turner has been charged with a possession of heroin, possession of Xanax, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and possession of cannabis, officers said.

Because there was so much, the heroin charge was a class X felony.

Police discovered Turner had a lengthy criminal background. He had been charged on offenses for drugs, burglary and weapons. He was on parole at the time for an armed robbery in Chicago.

Turner was ordered to be held without bond and is due in court in early August.

While arrests for controlled substances in the Riverside area are relatively low, the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Drug Intelligence Center’s 2011 report says that Chicago is a high intensity drug trafficking area.

Sources: My Fox Chicago, The Chicago Tribune, Department of Justice / Photo credit: Riverside Police via Chicago Sun Times