Knoxville gang member convicted in drug case

Ronald Turner (source: KCSO)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A man the Knox County District Attorney’s Office says is a member of the Vice Lord criminal street gang is going to prison for at least 18 years after being convicted Wednesday on a number of charges.

A jury convicted Ronald James Turner, 19, for possession with intent to sell cocaine in a drug free zone, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Attorneys say Police officer stopped a vehicle for speeding on January 3 in the area of Lilac Avenue and Fern Street. Turner was a passenger. The officer recognized him from previous encounters and knew he was wanted.

During his arrest, the officer noticed Turner had a loaded 9mm handgun and a cigarette pack containing multiple bags of crack cocaine.

Turner could be sentenced to up to 28 years in prison and must serve at least 18. Sentencing is scheduled for January.

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