Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Lincolnton man on Friday on charges that he possessed seven grams of cocaine.
A tip from a confidential informant indicated that Dershae Mylantus Blackburn, 24, of 339 Car Farm Road, Apartment 1, was meeting with a supplier buy drugs, leading deputies to set up surveillance, according to a press release.
Investigators observed Blackburn meet with his supplier and then begin to return home, deputies said. They determined that Blackburn did not have a valid driver’s license, stopped his vehicle and were given permission to search him and the car. The search yielded a quarter ounce of powder cocaine, deputies said. Investigators said they found cocaine in the crotch of Blackburn’s pants, and later found additional bags of cocaine in his waist band.
Blackburn was charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance schedule II and one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked. He was released on a $9,000 secured bond.
He is currently on parole after serving a sentence for two counts each of felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession with intent to sell a controlled substance.
Prior to the drug charge convictions, Blackburn was charged with and convicted of felony larceny and felony breaking and entering, for which he served a prison term of 15 months.
Under North Carolina structured sentencing guidelines, if Blackburn is convicted on his most recent charges, he could be classified as a habitual felon and would receive the maximum sentence allowed by law.
According to Lieutenant Jason Reid, lead narcotics investigator with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation is ongoing, including following up on additional confidential tips leading to the supplier.