North Carolina man sentenced to more than seven years in prison plus supervised release for armed drug trafficking

Published 9:55 am Saturday, October 1, 2022

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Lamarious Brown, 25, of Fayetteville was sentenced Tuesday, September 27, 2022 to 90 months of imprisonment followed by 60 months of supervised release for armed drug trafficking after a security check at a Fayetteville club uncovered multiple loaded firearms, ammunition and quantities of narcotics in Brown’s car, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, the Fayetteville Police Department was conducting a security check in a parking lot outside a club in Fayetteville after receiving complaints of drug activity and shootings.

“As they walked past a Chevrolet Tahoe, an officer saw an AR style rifle on the rear floorboard of the vehicle,” stated the release. “The officers waited to see who came out to the car. Sometime later, Brown came out of the club and unlocked the car with a key fob. When officers approached Brown to talk to him, he ran away from the officers but was apprehended shortly thereafter.”

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According to the release, a K-9 was called to the parking lot and alerted to the odor of narcotics on the car.  In a subsequent search of the car, officers found a loaded AR-15 rifle with a 30-round magazine, a loaded .40 caliber firearm with 20 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition, 46 rounds of .223 ammunition, 5.77 grams of heroin and 1.93 grams of cocaine.

“After his arrest, law enforcement heard Brown talking on jail calls where he admitted to selling drugs to someone right before he went to the club and tried to convince another person to say the firearms belonged to them so that he could avoid further charges since he was a felon,” stated the release.

Brown pleaded guilty on June 24, 2022 to possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine and for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Michael F. Easley Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after the sentencing was concluded. U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III presided over the sentencing. The Fayetteville Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Charity Wilson prosecuted.