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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Tennessee

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Clarksville Man Sentenced To Life In Prison In Large Scale Drug Conspiracy Prosecution

Alto Parnell a/k/a AP a/k/a Al-Pistol, 32, of Clarksville, Tennessee, was sentenced yesterday to life in prison for his role in a large cocaine distribution conspiracy, announced David Rivera, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.  There is no parole from federal sentences.

Parnell, along with Chris Young a/k/a Soulja C and Demetrius Duncan a/k/a Whirley, were indicted in January 2011 and convicted at a jury trial on August 23, 2013, of participating in a lengthy conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine.  Parnell was also convicted of possessing cocaine and crack cocaine with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of the Summit Heights public housing area in Clarksville, Tennessee.  His previous criminal history included two state felony drug trafficking convictions, as well as several other convictions.  He was under state supervision for those drug felonies during the time that he was committing the federal offenses.  Chris Young was previously sentenced to life in prison.  Duncan is scheduled for sentencing on January 23, 2015.

U.S. Attorney David Rivera stated, “This defendant was involved in a large-scale drug trafficking conspiracy tied to gangs and guns, which caused significant harm to the Clarksville community.  Those who already have multiple convictions for drug trafficking and choose to continue down this path can expect lengthy sentences which account for the harm they caused in their communities.”

Parnell was one of 32 defendants charged in a lengthy investigation focusing on drug trafficking in the Clarksville area.  The investigation uncovered substantial gang activity within the drug conspiracy and multiple firearms were seized during the take-down phase of the investigation in December 2010.  

The investigation was conducted by the DEA, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Clarksville Police Department, with assistance from other state, local, and federal agencies.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sunny A.M. Koshy and Lynne T. Ingram represented the United States.

Updated March 19, 2015