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Longs man pleads guilty to federal gun, drug charges

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A Longs man plead guilty in federal court Thursday to drug and gun charges.

Quavon Melik Bellamy, 22, offered a guilty plea on charges of possession of a stolen firearm and ammunition and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison.

“The evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing established that on Feb. 14, 2017, law enforcement responded to a call about a man with a gun,” according to a prepared statement. “The female 9-1-1 caller provided officers with Bellamy’s name and a vehicle tag number. Officers ran the tag and identified the address on the vehicle’s registration.”

Officers responded to the address and located the vehicle in the front yard. Upon their arrival, Bellamy exited the house and officers informed him of the victim’s report, the statement said.

“Bellamy stated that he ran into the victim and they had ‘words,’ but he denied possessing or presenting a firearm,” according to the press release. “Officers confirmed the vehicle was registered to Bellamy and inquired about firearms in the vehicle. Bellamy responded there were no firearms in the vehicle and gave consent to a search of the vehicle.”

According to the statement, “officers immediately smelled marijuana.”

During the search, law enforcement officials also found a black purse on the back seat containing two glass jars of marijuana and a scale. In addition, officers found a Springfield Armory 9-mm handgun.

“Bellamy initially claimed he did not know anything about the firearm, only later to admit it was his and that he presented it to the victim,” according to the prepared statement. “After running the firearm’s serial number through dispatch, officers confirmed that the firearm was stolen.”

Joe L. Hughes II: 843-444-1702, @JoeLHughesII

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