Bloomington man arrested after canine Zazu alerted officers to drugs in his vehicle

BEDFORD – A Bloomington man was arrested after Bedford Police Department officers and canine Zazu discovered drugs in his vehicle after originally stopping him for an expired license plate.

BPD officer Tyler McGlocklin pulled the driver of the vehicle over in an alley east of Washington Avenue between 22nd and 23rd streets.

Joshua Turpin

The driver was 29-year-old Joshua Turpin, who told police he had just got the vehicle and was going to junk it. He also told the officer his driver’s license might be suspended.

While the officer was questioning Turpin, BPD Sgt. Faheem Bade arrived on the scene with his canine partner Zazu, who alerted officers to possible drugs in the vehicle on the driver’s side door, police said.

An officer found a torn plastic baggie underneath the driver’s seat that contained a powdery substance that tested positive for fentanyl and meth.

Officers also said they found a cut straw and a glass smoking device. In the trunk, officers found a container replicating a Coca-Cola can that contained meth. They also found a bloody syringe in the spare tire compartment.

The vehicle was towed by Mikels Towing & Recovery. Turpin was then transported to the Lawrence County Jail on charges of possession of meth, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a syringe, and driving while his driver’s license was suspended with a prior conviction.