Scooter chase nets meth, pot

May. 23, 2014 @ 08:22 AM

A Lenoir man suspected of being a methamphetamine dealer was arrested Monday afternoon, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said.

Agents with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office Ice Unit saw Karl Albert Blanton, 31, riding a motor scooter on Horseshoe Bend Road about 3:30 p.m. and tried to get him to pull over, Detective David Barbour of the sheriff's office said. Blanton tried for several miles to get away and tossed a small package before eventually pulling over on the side of the road, and he was arrested after a brief struggle, Barbour said.

The package Blanton tossed contained almost a half ounce of meth worth about $1,770, a press release said. Agents searched the scooter and found marijuana, smoking pipes and $300 stuffed in a small storage compartment on the scooter.

Blanton, who gave several addresses in Lenoir, was charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, felony maintaining a vehicle to keep or store a controlled substance, and five misdemeanors: fleeing to elude arrest, resisting an officer, reckless driving to endanger, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $120,000 secured.

Blanton previously was convicted on drug charges in Caldwell County in 1999, 2009 and 2011, according to the N.C. Division of Adult Correction. On Feb. 21 he was arrested in Alexander County on charges of possession with intent to make, sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Alexander County clerk of court.