Loris man pleads guilty to federal charges after being found with weapon stolen during Hurricane Matthew


COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – A Loris man found in possession of a firearm that was stolen from a Longs gun shop during Hurricane Matthew pleaded guilty this week to federal charges.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s District of South Carolina office, Norad Arcane McCullough, 24, of Loris, entered pleas on Monday to charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The plea was accepted and the judge will impose sentence after the presentence report is reviewed. McCullough faces a maximum sentence of 20 years on the drug charge, and a minimum of five years and a maximum of life in prison on the gun charge, the release stated.

On Oct. 21, 2016, employees of a Conway car dealership notified the Horry County Police Department they had located a backpack in a car that had been repossessed. That backpack contained a firearm and what appeared to be heroin.

McCullough called the dealership shortly after police arrived and said he had left the backpack in the car and he would be coming to get it, the release stated.

Police arrested McCullough after he arrived and claimed the backpack.

The weapon found in the backpack was one of more than 200 that was stolen from Five Star Guns in Longs, which was broken into and looted during Matthew.

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