3 charged at license checkpoint

(From left to right) John Lee Anstead, Scottie Alan Keith Frady and Gerald Riley Stout Jr.

Three men were arrested and charged after deputies uncovered weapons, drug paraphernalia and a wanted fugitive during a license check, authorities said Monday.

Deputy Steven McPeters of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 29-year-old John Lee Anstead, of 449 Church St. in Marion, with possession of a firearm by a felon; 20-year-old Scottie Alan Keith Frady, of 4136 Valley Trail in Morganton, with possession of drug paraphernalia; and 27-year-old Gerald Riley Stout Jr., of 779 Deacon Drive in Marion, with possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon.

At 12:45 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 29, McPeters, along with other sheriff’s deputies and N.C. Highway Patrol troopers, conducted a license checkpoint at the intersection of U.S. 70 East and Harmony Grove Road.

A vehicle neared the checkpoint and abruptly stopped. Officers approached the vehicle and found Anstead, Frady and Stout inside with Anstead driving.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, deputies saw a handgun in plain sight under the driver’s seat and learned that Anstead had outstanding warrants for breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny. He was taken into custody for those offenses.

A further search turned up a stun gun on Stout and drug paraphernalia in the back seat where Frady and Stout were sitting.

Anstead’s bond was set at $36,000; Frady’s bond was set at $1,000; and Stout’s bond was set at $1,500.

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