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Three Charged After Search of Akersville Rd. Residence

By Jessie Williams 

Three Lafayette residents were arrested on multiple drug charges last week after police conducted a probation search at an Akersville Rd. residence. 

According to the affidavit of complaints filed by Macon County Deputy Clinton Friar, law enforcement was advised by a third party individual that 51-year-old Nathan Blankenship had been selling narcotics from his Akersville Rd. residence.

Due to Blankenship being on probation, a probation search was conducted at the residence on September 7, 2023 by Deputy Friar, two narcotics officers, a K9 handler and K9 and a shift supervisor. 

After making contact with Mr. Blankenship, his roommate, 44-year-old Sterling Carter, and 48-year-old LeeAnn Powell, officers began their search of the home, seizing approximately 11.4 grams of methamphetamine, plastic baggies, a digital scale, a glass pipe containing a white residue, and a small amount of marijuana in Blankenship’s pants pocket. 

Officers also discovered a purse laying on the floor with a baggie visibly containing a green, leafy substance (approximately 25 grams), believed to be marijuana. The purse also contained Ms. Powell’s drivers license and a large amount of plastic baggies. 

Blankenship was charged with simple possession, mfg/del/poss of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation. Bond was set at $10,000. 

Carter was charged with mfg/del/poss of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession. His bond was set at $6,500.

Powell was charged with manufacturing of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $3,500.

All three individuals are scheduled to appear in general sessions court on November 1.