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Ike Turner Arrested on Cocaine Charge

June 22, 1985

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Rhythm and blues musician Ike Turner was arrested with two other men Friday on a cocaine charge, police said.

The former husband and musical partner of singer Tina Turner was booked for investigation of conspiracy to sell cocaine, said police Sgt. Ray Bolton. He was being held at the city jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Police seized four grams of cocaine when they arrested Turner, 53, of Baldwin Hills, and the two others following a three-week investigation, Bolton said. An undercover officer who was wired for sound was offered cocaine for sale just before the arrests, he said.

Arrested with Turner at the musician’s Los Angeles condominium were Eddie Coleman Jr., 32, of Altadena, a self-employed record producer, and Richard Lee Griffin, 35, of Los Angeles, a music company writer, Bolton said.

Coleman and Griffin were held on the same charge and the same bail, he said, adding that the initial investigation had focused on one of those two men.

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

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