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Drug Charges Filed Against Musician Ike Turner

June 27, 1985 GMT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Ike Turner, the rhythm and blues musician who once was married to singer Tina Turner, was freed on bond after being charged with three other men with conspiracy to sell $16,000 worth of cocaine, a proscutor said.

Turner posted $5,000 bond and was released late Tuesday. Earlier in the day he was charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of possession of a controlled substance, and a count of maintaining a place for selling or using a controlled substance, Deputy District Attorney Michael Genelin said Wednesday.

Turner, as half of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, is best known for their frenetic version of ″Proud Mary,″ which won them wide popularity in the early 1970s.

Turner had been in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail since his arrest Friday, said police Lt. Bob Strosser. He to be arraigned July 9.

Police allegedly seized four grams of rock cocaine valued at up to $1,000 at Turner’s North Hollywood apartment Friday.

Arrested with Turner, 53, outside the apartment were Eddie Coleman Jr., 32, of Altadena, a self-employed record producer, and Richard Lee Griffin, 35, of Los Angeles, a music company writer, Sgt. Ray Bolton said.

A fourth man, Willie Whitley, was arrested afterwards. Strosser identified him as another alleged conspirator but refused to elaborate.

Strosser said that although only $1,000 worth of cocaine was found at the residence, police were acting on undercover information that the four allegedly conspired to sell $16,000 worth, so that was the amount named in the charge.

All four defendants are named in the first count of the criminal complaint charging them with conspiracy to sell cocaine.

Coleman and Whitley are also charged with a second count of conspiracy to sell cocaine stemming from a separate but related allegation, Genelin said.

Coleman pleaded innocent to the charges at an arraignment Wednesday.

Turner was arrested in November 1982 on cocaine charges, but authorities discovered the white powder found in an envelope in his car was not an illegal substance. His attorney said it was baking soda Turner used to fight indigestion.