Columbus Co. man faces numerous gun, drug charges

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Billy Lee Lennon is facing numerous charges. (Photo: Columbus County Sheriff's Office)

CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — A Columbus County man is behind bars following a two month long investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine and prescription pills in the Chadbourn community.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit says this investigation began from citizen complaints concerning Billy Lennon.

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Vice-Narcotics Detectives completed an undercover purchase of drug from Lennon. On March 9, detectives say they executed a search warrant a home on Braswell Road in Chadbourn. During the search warrant, Lennon, a previously convicted felon, was found to be in possession of ten firearms including a sawed off long gun, altered for easy concealment. Detectives say Lennon also had two sets of digital scales, Schedule IV prescription medication, and crack cocaine, all of which was seized.

(Photo: Columbus County Sheriff’s Office)

Charges include:
9 Felony counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
1 Felony count of Possession of a Weapon of Mass Destruction
1 Misdemeanor count of Possessing Drug Paraphernalia
1 Felony count of Maintaining a Vehicle, Dwelling, or Place for a Controlled Substance
1 Felony count of Possession with the Intent to Manufacture, Sell and/or Deliver Schedule IV
Controlled Substance
1 Felony count of Possession with the Intent to Sell and/or Deliver Cocaine

Lennon is being held at the Columbus County Law Enforcement Center under a $161,500 secured bond.