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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 12, 2016

Toledo man sentenced to 30 years in prison for having a kilogram of heroin and a firearm

A Toledo man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his involvement in conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a kilogram of heroin, said U.S. Attorney Carole S. Rendon.

Lee T. Turner, 31, was found guilty earlier this year of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

U.S. District Judge James Carr also fined Turner $200,000 and ordered him to forfeit a house, firearms, cash, jewelry and other items.

“We will continue to aggressively go after those who bring heroin into our community and who are forbidden from carrying firearms but do so anyway,” Rendon said. “Our state is in the midst of an opioid epidemic and we all must work together – through prevention, treatment, education and yes, enforcement, to turn the tide.”

Turner conspired to with others from November 2013 through Nov. 20, 2014 to possess heroin. Turner used 2830 Powhattan Parkway and 707 Phillips Avenue, both in Toledo, for the unlawful purpose of storing and distributing heroin, according court documents.

On Nov. 20, 2014, Turner possessed approximately 1,077 grams of heroin and a 9 mm pistol, despite previous convictions for bank robbery, robbery, kidnapping and other felony convictions, according to court documents.

The case was being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alyssa Sterling and James Morford following an investigation by the Toledo Metro Drug Task Force, which is made up of representatives from the Toledo Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lucas County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies.

Topic: 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated December 19, 2016