Corey Lee Lemley, 33, of Nashville, was arrested on Nov. 6, following an extensive investigation that began in October, when he attempted to sell drugs to an undercover detective, police allege.
On Monday, authorities executed a search warrant at his home on Barclay Drive and discovered 1 gram of white powder concealed in a dollar bill and 4 grams of a white powder substance concealed in a hallway closet adjacent to his bedroom. Authorities also found a loaded Sig Saur P365 9 mm handgun and 72 grams of marijuana stored in his closet, according to Scoop Nashville. The white power tested positive for cocaine and fentanyl.
Lemley's family reportedly directed officers to his room, which led to the discovery, the outlet reports.
The search warrant was launched after officers received probable cause in late October, when Lemley allegedly sold 30 grams of cocaine mixed with fentanyl to an undercover detective in exchange for cash. Lemley directed the officer to his home on Barclay Drive, and the exchange occurred in the driveway.
Lemley has been charged with eight felony counts, which include selling fentanyl and cocaine, possession of fentanyl, cocaine, and marijuana, and possession of a firearm with intent to commit a felony, according to jail records.
In addition to these felony charges, Lemley is a well-known Antifa activist and police abolitionist in the city, who incited violence in Nashville during the 2020 riots perpetuated by Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
According to an article published by News Channel 5, Lemley defended the violent riots that resulted in a Nashville courthouse being set on fire and said: "Riots and uprisings keep the system in check" and that violence "will continue until injustice no longer exists."
Furthermore, Lemley encouraged people to commit acts of political violence in a 2019 post on X under the username @corey_lemley.
He wrote: "I will keep promoting violence against anyone promoting, advocating, or even aligning with conservatives, racists, fascists, capitalists, and everyone else who plays a role in oppressing the most vulnerable. Racism is violence. Capitalism is violence. Government is violence."
Lemley is being held in the Davidson County Jail on a $238,500 bond.
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