It’s time for our weekly story of a citizen who gives Metro Police consent to search his home, person, and vehicles, without a warrant or any probable cause. Meet 22-year-old Keonta Kewon Hamilton.
Metro Nashville Police Detectives were approaching a South Nashville Home on the 5100 block of Linbar Drive Thursday to conduct a knock-and-talk, as the result of an alleged drug complaint. As they approached the home, Keonta Hamilton emerged from the rear of the residence and approached a silver Hyundai Sonata parked next to the residence, and opened the car door to get inside. Detectives asked if he lived at the location, he confirmed he did, and the Sonata, along with two other vehicles at the home, were also his.
Metro detective say that Hamilton then consented to a search of the property, and signed a search consent form. As a result of the search, detectives located a bundle of drugs wrapped in clothes in a laundry hamper, consisting of 97 grams of cocaine in three separate bags, 7 grams of heroin, 18.4 grams methamphetamine, 2 orange ecstasy pills, 19 x 30 mg Oxycodone pills, 2.5 grams of marijuana, 2 hydrocodone pills, and 2.5 blue ecstasy pills. In a bag beside the bed, $5,481 consisting of small bills was seized. Two sets of scales and marijuana was located in one of the vehicles.
Police say Hamilton stated he was the only person who resided at the location, but had no idea whose drugs or money were in his residence. Hamilton was charged with:
- 3 x Possession w/intent SCH II
- 3 x Drug Possession
- Possession w/intent SCH II over .5g
- Outstanding driving related citation
Keonta Hamilton posted a $36,500 bond via Jenkins Bonding, and was released. He is scheduled to appear in court in May.