Deadly drugs, illegal gun, cash lead to the arrest of Syracuse man

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A Syracuse man is behind bars after Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office Detectives say they caught him with deadly drugs, an illegal weapon and a lot of cash.

“We’ve devoted a lot of resources to our drug unit if you will. We’ve doubled the size of the unit and this is some of the results,” said Onondaga County Sheriff Toby Shelley.

26-year-old Cyrus Turnquest was arrested on June 19. He faces seven felony drug charges.

“They ended up capturing the car and the person in it on June 19th on Interstate-81 on the Onondaga Nation,” said Sheriff Shelley.

According to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, the Special Investigations Unit discovered the following at The Plaza Apartments on East Genesee Street in the city of Syracuse, where Turnquest was living up until his arrest:

  • Approximately 91oz. (5.6 lbs.) of pills that tested positive for the presence of fentanyl
  • Approximately 71.6oz. (4.48 lbs.) of psilocybin mushrooms
  • Approximately 3.1oz. of cocaine
  • Approximately 24.8oz. (1.55lbs) of pills that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine
  • Approximately 1.63oz. of ketamine
  • Approximately 3.03oz. of oxycodone pills
  • Approximately 2,220 alprazolam pills
  • Dextroamphetamine pills
  • A quantity of Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine (MDMA)
  • Packaging, scales, cutting materials, and a pill press
  • $97,561 US Currency
  • A Taurus .357 revolver with a box of 50 rounds of ammunition

“Mr. Turnquest was making his own pills. He had a pill maker. So when you look at the other pictures of the drugs, this looks like oxycodone but it may not be because he can make his own pills,” said Sheriff Shelley.

Sheriff Shelley says the three month investigation was led by the Special Investigations Unit. A search warrant was issued for his apartment and his 2016 Volkswagen Jetta.

“We take cases like this serious. Look how many of our crimes in our community are related to drugs and the violence that goes with that. So we take it very serious. We also have somebody working with the DEA full time,” said Sheriff Shelley.

The Sheriff’s Office is doing what they can to get people like Turnquest off the streets.

Turnquest remains at the Justice Center. His bond has been set for $150,000.

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