A 48-year-old Miles man was sentenced to 30 years in prison on three felony charges that include possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, tampering with evidence and evading with a motor vehicle.
Each of the charges against Russell Bradley Turner were enhanced because of a prior felony conviction, according to a press release from the 119th District Attorney’s Office.
The release said that on Oct. 15, 2015, a Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, Mark Baker, attempted a routine traffic stop on a pickup truck driven by Turner, that was speeding on Navajo Road in Tom Green County. When Baker activated his patrol vehicle’s overhead lights and siren, Turner began to evade Baker, traveling at speeds of up to 60 mph.
After Turner stopped the truck on Cherokee Road, he was taken into custody.
During a search and inventory of the vehicle, deputies found a black nylon bag on the truck’s passenger side floorboard. The bag contained a digital scale and numerous clear plastic bags. Deputies also found three cigarette packages on the back floorboard of the truck. When searching the route Turner had traveled when he tried to evade Baker, another deputy, Joshua Criddle, found a cigarette case containing a clear glass pipe with white residue and a blue and purple cloth bag that had 13 clear Ziploc bags containing 7.22 grams of methamphetamine.
When Baker’s in-car video was viewed, an object was seen thrown out of the driver’s side of Turner’s vehicle during the pursuit.
A jury trial was held Sept. 19-20 for Turner in Judge Barbara Walther’s court. The jury found Turner guilty of each of the three counts against him and sentenced him to 30 years for count 1 and 10 years each for counts 2 and 3.
In the release, the DA’s office issued the following statement: “We want to commend the deputies of Tom Green County Sheriff’s Department for their work investigating this case. We also want to thank the jury for their careful attention and consideration in this case. Every defendant is entitled to a trial by a fair and impartial jury of their peers. In this case, the jury recognized that this defendant was guilty of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to deliver it. The jury learned that the defendant had a prior felony criminal record and sentenced him to a significant amount of time in prison. We are thankful to everyone involved that one less drug dealer is in our community. The District Attorney’s Office remains committed to working closely with all of our law enforcement agencies to identify drug dealers and hold them accountable in a court of law.”