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Rutherford County Man Sentenced To Twenty Years In Prison For Crack And Firearms Offenses

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

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – On June 19, 2017, Allen Carney, 30, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was sentenced to serve 240 months in prison by the Honorable Harry S. Mattice, Jr., U.S. District Judge. Following a March 2017 jury trial, Carney was convicted of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.


Upon his release from prison, Carney will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for six years. His sentence was enhanced based on four prior drug trafficking convictions.


According to evidence at Carney’s trial, 5.65 grams of crack cocaine, digital scales, and a loaded Glock, Model 27, .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol were seized from the master bedroom of a residence where he was arrested at in March 2016. Carney admitted the crack cocaine and firearm were his. Two young children were present at the residence when he was arrested.


U.S. Attorney Nancy Stallard Harr said, “Carney’s sentence reflects the danger and risk of harm his conduct posed to society. Drug trafficking is an inherently dangerous activity and the combination of drugs and guns substantially increases the risk of physical harm to others.”


Daniel R. Salter, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division commented on the investigation, “Today we have removed a dangerous criminal from the streets. This crack dealer will no longer be able to deliver deadly doses of poison to the community. This investigation was a success because of the great working relationship that DEA has with its federal, state and local counterparts.”


The indictment and subsequent conviction of Carney was the result of an investigation conducted by the 17th Judicial Drug Task Force and Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Porter represented the United States.




Sharry Dedman-Beard
Public Information Officer

Updated June 19, 2017

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses