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Armed Lumberton Drug Trafficker Sentenced to More than 17 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – Corey Wellman, 35, of Lumberton, North Carolina was sentenced today to 210 months in prison for gun and drug crimes.

In October of 2019, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) in coordination with the Lumberton Police Department initiated in investigation into Corey Wellman and his associates for drug and gun trafficking. In December and January, Law enforcement oversaw controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Wellman ranging from a quarter of an ounce to an ounce. During these transactions, Wellman was often seen possessing a firearm. The transactions took place at Wellman’s stash house at 44 Van Born Drive, which is located in an area known for criminal activity, including shootings.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Lumberton Police Department, and Robeson County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chad Rhoades and Special Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Labresh prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 7:20-CR-184-D.


Updated June 26, 2023

Violent Crime
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses