2 arrested for drug, weapons charges in Lancaster

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Tawari Padua-Rodriguez (Left) and Austin Lee Turner (Right)

LANCASTER, Pa.–Two men are facing drug and weapons charges after police responded to an attempted robbery in Lancaster city early Friday morning.

Officers responded to the 500 block of Second Street around 2:27 a.m. for a disturbance. A 45-year-old man from York County told investigators that two unknown men  attempted to rob him and a friend while they were sitting in a parked vehicle.

Police checked the area for possible suspects and spotted two men in the area. The men, later identified as Tawari Padua-Rodriguez and Austin Lee Turner, were stopped by police and checked to see if they had been involved in the earlier incident.

Police discovered Turner, 20, of the 600 blk. George St.,  was in possession of a gun, which had the serial numbers  obliterated. Investigators say Turner does not have a permit to carry a firearm in concealed fashion.

Padua-Rodrigiez, 34, of the 800 blk. Fourth St., was also searched and was in possession of a set of brass-knuckes, a prohibited offensive weapon. He also had heroin and cocaine, according to police reports.

Both men admitted to police that the controlled substances were Turner’s and that Padua-Rodriguez had agreed to hold them.

Turner is charged with Firearms not to be Carried Without a License (F3), Persons not to Possess Firearms (F2), Possession of a Controlled Substance (M), Possession With Intent to Deliver (PWID) Controlled Substance (F), Altering or Obliterating Marks of Identification (F2). He was arraigned and taken to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Padua-Rodriguez was charged with Prohibited Offensive Weapons (M), and two counts Criminal Conspiracy (M)(F) for the controlled substances.

 

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