LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — More than 15 months after law enforcement found numerous drugs and firearms in a Lynchburg man’s home, that man was sentenced last week to 11 years for four felony offenses.
According to the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg, officers with the Central Virginia Drug and Gang Task Force executed a search warrant on Dec. 3, 2019 at the home of Tarius Terrell Moore at 1211 Early Street in Lynchburg for stolen goods out of Appomattox County.
Officials say Moore was at home with his family when officers arrived. However, suspected marijuana and numerous firearms located in the home reportedly led to the execution of a second search warrant.
Authorities say they found seven firearms and a variety of ammunition throughout the house, including a including a 9mm handgun in the couch cushions where a 7-year-old girl and a 2-year-old girl were sitting.
In addition, officers discovered more than 10 ounces of marijuana in a kitchen cabinet inside a bag with ammo, a digital scale and imitation marijuana on the kitchen counter, and more than 52 grams of cocaine and $4,000 in cash inside a Pringles can on top of the fridge, according to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
When interviewed by law enforcement, Moore reportedly said the guns and drugs belonged to him, but three of the firearms found in his home were reported stolen out of Amherst County.
On July 23, 2020, officials say Moore was tried by a judge in the Lynchburg Circuit Court and found guilty of the following four felonies:
- Possession with the intent to distribute cocaine
- Possession with the intent to distribute between one ounce to five pounds of marijuana
- Possession of a firearm while possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute
- Possession of a firearm by a convicted violent felon.
More than seven months later, on March 10, 2021, the court sentenced Moore to serve five years on each offense with nine years suspended, resulting in an 11 year sentence. However, since both firearms offenses carry a five year mandatory minimum, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office says Moore must be incarcerated for at least 10 years out of his 11 year sentence.
In addition, Moore is required to submit to 18 months of supervised probation after he is released and demonstrate good behavior for 20 years, according to officials.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison prosecuted the case while Chuck Felmlee reportedly served as the defense attorney for Moore.