RED OAK, N.C. (WNCN) – A former Nashville police officer faces drug trafficking charges after he was busted with two bricks of heroin during a traffic stop in Nash County on Tuesday, officials said.

Members of the Tar River Regional Drug Task Force received a tip that said John Turner was going to be in possession of heroin while driving a white Mercedes in the Red Oak area of Nash County, just northwest of Rocky Mount, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office said.

Members of the Task Force performed a traffic stop near Highway 43 and Red Oak Road around 4 p.m.

A K-9 unit alerted officers to the presence of a substance, the sheriff’s office said.

A search revealed Turner had two bricks of heroin in the trunk of his vehicle, the sheriff’s office said. He also had two empty bindles in his wallet and a syringe in his sock.

Turner faces charges of:

  • Trafficking heroin by possession
  • Trafficking heroin by transport
  • Trafficking heroin by delivery
  • Maintain vehicle for controlled substance

He received a $155,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Nashville Police Chief Thomas Bashore said Turner has not been with the department in five years.WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON: