Feds Charge Lake City Shooting Victim For Drug Trafficking

The US Attorney’s office has filed drug trafficking charges against a man injured in a July shooting in Lake City, after police found large quantities of methamphetamine in the man’s home during their investigation.

Last month, federal prosecutors charged Lester Dane Blanton II with three counts of possession of methamphetamine and cocaine with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a firearm, and for “carrying a firearm in relation to drug trafficking.”

On July 2nd, Seattle police found Blanton, 28, laying in the street near his home on 137th and 30th Ave NE, bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound to the mouth.

Blanton told officers he was “shot in the face by two white guys,” but refused to tell officers his name or where the shooting had occurred, according to court records.

Police spoke with witnesses at the scene and discovered that Blanton lived nearby.

Officers then found a knife and a .22 caliber rifle, which appeared to have blood on it, outside of Blanton’s home.

Police called in the SWAT unit to clear the home, where officers found large quantities of meth, along with crack cocaine and marijuana.

Blanton told police he hadn’t been at the house in months and that it had been “overrun by narcotics users,” court documents say.

All told, police found around 2,000 grams of meth and 28 grams of crack cocaine during the course of their investigation into the shooting.

Court records say Blanton has prior convictions for theft of a firearm, possession of stolen property, vehicular assault, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.