• Jefferson Weaver

Chestnut Sentenced in Federal Court

A Chadbourn area drug dealer will serve time in federal prison on firearms charges.

Lamorris Cornelius Chestnut, 46, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 78 months in prison and five years federal supervised probation on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the sheriff’s officer. Jail records show his address as 200 Jackson St., Chadbourn.

Chestnut was arrested July 16, 2021, when deputies from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, HEAT Team, SWAT, Narcotics Division, and ATF Violent Crimes Task Force raided a home on N.C. 410 north of Chadbourn.

Chestnut was charged with Chestnut was arrested and charged on the state level with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession with Intent to sell and deliver a Schedule IV Controlled substance, five counts of possession of firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a dwelling for drug activities.

Chestnut was on parole at the time of his arrest. Columbus County Sheriff’s Office ATF Violent Crimes Task Force Officer adopted Chestnut’s case, and he was arrested on. The federal charge of possession of a firearm by a felon in February, and tried in March.

Additional charges may be pending.

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