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Suspected gang member charged in drug deal with homicide victim

By Katie Shank, Senior Producer, KShank@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 08 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 09 2013 04:37:05 PM CDT

A suspected member of the Bloods street gang is facing charges after police said he arranged a drug deal with a man who was shot to death later that night.

A suspected member of the Bloods street gang is facing charges after police said he arranged a drug deal with a man who was shot to death later that night.

Darnell Turner had arranged to buy marijuana from Ian Juma in Bethlehem late last month, police said.

Juma was found shot in the 700 block of 8th Street. He later died at the hospital.

Police said they found a large amount of marijuana in a duffel bag at the scene, along with a text message conversation that indicated that Turner had arranged to buy drugs from Juma.

Turner is charged with criminal attempt to purchase a controlled substance and other charges.

So far, no arrests have been made in the homicide.