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Intoxicated Man Arrested with Over 21 Grams of Fentanyl

Devon Lester

By Jessie Williams 

A 19-year-old Lafayette man, who was under the influence, was arrested last week after approaching a woman leaving for work and asking if she was his Uber driver. 

According to the affidavit of complaint filed by Sergeant Logan Swindle of the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, he was dispatched to a residence on W. Stinson Rd. on December 13, 2023. 

The caller stated that she went outside to start her car as she was leaving to go to work, when she observed a male subject standing in her driveway. The man asked the caller if she was his Uber driver, at which time she asked him to leave her property and contacted law enforcement.

Sergeant Swindle and Deputy Meyer responded to the area and located the man, identified as Devon Lester, around the 1700 block of West Stinson Road.

While speaking with Lester, he exhibited signs of intoxication – pacing back and forth and unable to speak in complete sentences.

When asked if officers could pat him down, he said he had a firearm in his pocket.

At that time officers removed the firearm from his pocket and secured it for the remainder of the investigation.

While continuing the pat down, officers felt something in the right, front pocket of Lester’s pants. Lester told officers it was money, and he was asked to put the money on the hood of the patrol car, to which he complied. 

As he was placing the money on the car, however, officer Swindle noticed a bag wrapped up in the money.

When asked what was in the bag, he informed officers it was fentanyl, and he was placed under arrest. 

During the booking process at the Macon County Jail, an additional bag of fentanyl was discovered on his person along with a glass pipe, $866 in cash and 14 empty, plastic baggies. 

In total, approximately 21.5 grams of fentanyl was seized.

Lester was also discovered to be a convicted felon on state probation, and the firearm in his possession was reported stolen on December 9, 2023. 

He was charged with public intoxication, manufacture of narcotics, possession of a firearm during a violent felony, possession of a schedule II drug, introduction of drugs into a county institution, theft of property, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon while under the influence.

His bond was set at $86,000, and he is scheduled to appear in general sessions court on January 3, 2024.