GRAND CHUTE, Wis. – The owner of a furniture business in Eastern Wisconsin has been arrested for allegedly dealing fentanyl out of his retail store.
Christopher Turner, the 35-year-old owner of Turner’s Discount Furniture, was charged with five counts, including two of fentanyl delivery. According to the criminal complaint filed by law enforcement, Turner is a major supplier of fentanyl in the areas around his home and furniture store.
Police used a confidential informant to build evidence against Turner. According to the complaint, in October, the informant arranged a meetup with Turner via Facebook to purchase fentanyl. The police then provided the informant with $180 and tracked him as he entered the store. The informant successfully made the purchase and handed the 2.2 grams of fentanyl over to police.
After several more purchases, police tracked Turner to his store and prepared for the arrest. Police made their presence known as Turner exited his car. Police say he tried to run before being apprehended. Police found more than $60,000 on his person. At the store, they found nearly 19 grams of suspected cocaine, 32.8 grams of suspected fentanyl and other drug paraphernalia.
Police also say they found a letter to Turner about owed money and “using the store to launder money.” At Turner’s apartment, they found counterfeit $20 bills.
Turner has appeared in court once without an attorney. His next hearing is set for Jan. 19, 2024. He faces up to 35 years in prison.
According to the Turner’s Discount Furniture website, the store sold dining, living, youth, office and bedroom furniture.