MAYS LANDING — A Galloway Township man who was arrested after police allegedly found him carrying an assault firearm and ammunition was granted his request to be held for court during a detention hearing Friday.
Thomas J. Turner Jr., 42, appeared before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge John R. Rauh.
“He told the officers that he had ingested a quantity of Valium, methamphetamine and other substances in an effort to basically do what a gun would have been quicker to do,” said Vincent James Milita II, who represented Turner. “For that reason, he was sent to Crisis Intervention. He is now reaping the benefits of initiating recovery inside the county jail and he wishes to actually be allowed to remain in the county jail.”
Turner agreed he had violated the conditions of his pretrial release, Militia added, from an unrelated but similar offense in Winslow Township. He was released Dec. 3.
“I want to indicate in the order that the gun is a danger to the community,” Rauh said. “So I’ll order him detained pending further proceedings.”
Turner will be held in the Atlantic County jail until his next court appearance for pre-indictment Feb. 7.
On Dec. 29, police found Turner wearing a black tactical vest and carrying a backpack with an assault firearm — specifically a .45 caliber Encom MP-45 assault pistol — along with a 30-round extended magazine, loaded with 17 bullets, on the 200 block of East White Horse Pike, police said in a news release.
Turner also allegedly had 15 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Police said he was arrested on the following charges: possession of an assault firearm, possession of an assault firearm while in the course of committing a controlled dangerous substance offense, unlawful possession of an extended ammunition magazine, possession of Schedule I drugs (methamphetamine and heroin), possession with intent to distribute CDS.