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Musician Ike Turner Arrested on Drug Charge

January 12, 1986

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) _ Rock ‘n’ roll musician Ike Turner was in custody Sunday for investigation of cocaine possession after being pulled over for a traffic violation, authorities said.

Turner, 56, of Los Angeles was arrested with a 31-year-old friend, Demetrius Anderson, when sheriff’s deputies pulled over their 1975 Mustang Saturday night, said Deputy Sam Jones.

Deputies ordered Turner, Anderson and a third person, who was not identified, from the vehicle when they saw what appeared to be a handgun on the front floorboard of the car, Jones said.

The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun, but a search of the car revealed a loaded .45-caliber automatic, some drug-related paraphernalia and a ″sizable amount of cocaine,″ Jones said, adding that he did not know the exact amount.

Bail was set at $2,500 for Turner and $1,000 for Anderson, said sheriff’s Deputy Kathy Daniel. Both also were held on traffic warrants for unpaid tickets, and Anderson was booked for investigation of receiving stolen property, she said.

Turner, who began his career in the ’50s, sang with then-wife Tina Turner in the ‘60s and ’70s. The couple divorced in 1976, and Tina Turner went solo with such hits as ″What’s Love Got To Do With It,″ and ″Better Be Good to Me.″

Turner faces a March 19 preliminary hearing in Pasadena on charges of cocaine possession stemming from a June 1985 arrest.