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Ky. Man Inspired To Give Away Marijuana

Ronnie Turner Ronnie Turner
Todd County Clerk Billy Fowler Todd County Clerk Billy Fowler
Ronnie Turner's neighbor Skip Ray Ronnie Turner's neighbor Skip Ray
Michael Ayersman of the Elkton Police Department Michael Ayersman of the Elkton Police Department

ELKTON, Ky.- Neighbors said Ronnie Turner thought he was on a mission from God.

But the way he went about carrying out that mission landed him in jail.

Some say Turner turned to pot to get out his message.

In Elkton, Kentucky, what you see is what you get.

There aren't many surprises in Elkton, Ky.

That is until Betty Fowler found something on her windshield.

"I looked at it, I read it and threw it in the car," Fowler said.

She had no idea.

"Whoa, I just looked it and I didn't know what it was," Fowler said. "I thought I might plant it because I thought somebody at church had given us bulbs or something."

Actually, someone had given her a bag of marijuana.

"It was about this much in a plastic bag," said Fowler's husband, Todd County Clerk Billy Fowler, pinching one hand to demonstrate the quantity."

"When I got out and looked at it, I knew it was marijuana," he said.

Nearly 50 people at three Elkton churches had the mysterious bags of marijuana placed on their cars Wednesday night. 

"We just had people bringing the bags to us or calling us or we were going to people's homes because they were afraid to touch it, said Michael Ayersman of the Elkton Police Department.

It was definitely a strange case for the Elkton Police Department.

"Most people sell it, they don't give it away," Ayersman said.

Each gift bag came with a note that read "Peace Poles, Native American Right." The handwriting looked just like Ronnie Turner's.

"Talked to the guy, and he admitted doing it," Ayersman said.

Police knew about Turner because last week he took out an ad in a local paper.

"This other picture here of him at two-days old giving up the peace sign," said Ayersman referring to a newspaper advertisement featuring Turner as an infant.

All of this has people asking why and Turner's neighbor said he has a good idea.

"He said God smokes marijuana to calm down because he is so mad and so angry at the way we're living and how the world is going right now," said Turner's neighbor Skip Ray.

It's a reason that may surprise a lot of people in this small Kentucky town.

So far, the police have collected 47 bags of pot. They have no idea how many might be out there.

After his arrest, officers said Turner wouldn't give them any information. 

Anyone turning in a bag to police will not face charges. 

So far, police have collected nearly a pound of marijuana. 

Turner faces several drug charges. 

He was held Thursday night in the Christian County Jail in Hopkinsville.
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