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Judge: Bullitt Co. tattoo shop owner "a danger to others"

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Paul Turner appeared in arraignment court via video Thursday morning. Paul Turner appeared in arraignment court via video Thursday morning.
The Drug Task Force ignored the warning posted on the door when they raided the tattoo parlor. The Drug Task Force ignored the warning posted on the door when they raided the tattoo parlor.
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The owner of a Bullitt County tattoo parlor is facing more charges after police say he was hiding drugs, guns and money inside his business.

The Bullitt County Drug task force raided Ink-A-Holix on Wednesday, where police say they found $10,000 of meth, along with heroin, pills, guns and a bulletproof vest. Police say they've also determined one of the guns was stolen.

Calls to the police tip line in January sent officers to the tattoo parlor on S. Buckman St., across from the county courthouse. The target of the tips was shop owner Paul Turner.

The 33-year-old appeared via video arraignment in Bullitt County Thursday morning.

During the hearing, the judge refused to lower his bond from $75,000.

"After reviewing his criminal history, also reviewing the citation, looking at all the seriousness of these charges -- specifically the trafficking charges -- the court finds that he is a danger to others at this time," said Judge Jennifer Porter.

The investigation started after a number of complaints from the public.

"There's quite a few people who congregate sometimes out the front here," said Don Mumford, who owns Fran's Florist with his wife in Bullitt County.

Though they never complained to police, the couple did have concerns about what was going on inside Ink-A-Holix next door -- in fact, they suspect it hurt business.

"Business dropped off here in the last three or four weeks...real bad for some reason," Mumford said.

Wednesday evening, the Bullitt County Drug Task Force ignored the warning posted on the window and raided the business. Inside, police say they found more than just ink.

"We found $10,000 worth of methamphetamine, also there's heroin found, pills, some prescription pills and some drug paraphernalia and then there was around eight guns found," said Bullitt County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Murdoch.

Police say the owner was inside and not happy to see them.

"He was saying we were harassing him for no reason and there was no reason for us to be there, was very upset with us; however, the items we found inside the safe prove what we did was right," Lt. Murdoch said.

Despite signs that say "no guns allowed," police say they found inside several inside the shop's safe.

The investigation started in January after a number of complaints from the public.

"People calling in about their family members, sons, daughters, siblings that were coming over here using drugs, overdosing on drugs that they were buying from this location," Lt. Murdoch said.

Police say in addition to the complaints, they've also been monitoring Turner's Facebook page, and found some pretty disturbing images, including one show several high-powered guns.

"He said on there, he has made some comments about the police and other items on there, so it throws up a flag when someone is doing that they're just doing it right there in front of you," Lt. Murdoch said.

The tattoo shop is still closed and police say it will likely stay that way, and that's because Turner had a drug clause in his lease.

If  Turner is able to post his $75,000 bond, the judge says he'll have to undergo regular drug tests. Turner is expected back in court next month.

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