GALLOWAY — A township man was arrested Friday after police found him carrying an assault firearm and ammunition, authorities said.

At 12:05 p.m. Friday, Galloway police responded to the 200 block of East White Horse Pike for a report of a suspicious person possibly in possession of a firearm.

Police found Thomas J. Turner Jr., 42, of Galloway, 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, police said in a news release.

Turner was also allegedly in possession of 15 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Authorities obtained a search warrant for a storage container Turner was leasing, where authorities found heroin, additional weapons, ammunition and two extended magazines, police said.

Turner was arrested and taken to the Atlantic County Justice Facility. 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

The incident is under investigation by Patrolman Jeremy Feliciano.

The Stockton University Police Department, Atlantic City Police Department and Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office assisted in the investigation, police said.

Authorities warn that anyone who witnesses suspicious activity should contact a local law-enforcement agency.

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