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Tattoo shop owner charged in drug raid

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Law enforcement officials get under skin

By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - While customers looking to get a tattoo may have been coming in the front door, there may have been other business being done out the back door.

On Wednesday evening, the Bullitt County Drug Task Force members executed a search warrant and arrested Paul Turner.

Turner, 33, is the owner of Ink-A-Holix tattoo and body piercing salon on South Buckman Street, just across from the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office.

Turner has been charged with trafficking in a controlled substance with a firearm enhancement.

According to Lt. Mike Murdoch, public information officer for the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office, the investigation has been on-going for the past four months.

It has been a case in which Murdoch said dozens of tips had been sent in on the activities at the tattoo shop.

Through the tips and a series of drug buys, Murdoch said the search warrant was secured.

Once inside, drug task force members found a large safe, cash, firearms and controlled substances, such as methamphetamine and heroin.

It was estimated that over $10,000 in methamphetamine alone was found in the location.

While there was no problem in detaining Turner, Murdoch said the owner did have a loaded gun next to him. There was also a bullet-proof vest.

"He's been a very big dealer," said Murdoch.

Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues.

He thought Turner had been operating the business for the past year to 18 months. The tips on illegal activities began to escalate over the past four months.

During that time, the defendant's wife died. The Shepherdsville Police Department investigated the death but no charges had been filed.

Within minutes of hearing about the charge, Murdoch said he began getting messages from thankful people. He said many were afraid to come forward with information because of their fear of the suspect.

Murdoch said that the sheriff's drug task force is making a difference. This was the second large bust in the past two weeks.

In this particular arrest, Murdock thanked the Louisville Metro K-9 unit and the Shepherdsville Fire Department for their assistance.

Turner is currently in the Bullitt County Detention Center.