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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Nashville Man Convicted of Federal Drug Distribution And Firearms Charges

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – September 4, 2019 –Lorenzo Shelton, 37, of Nashville, was found guilty yesterday on all counts of a federal indictment charging him with drug distribution and firearms violations, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.  

After a four-day trial, a jury found Shelton guilty of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to evidence and testimony at trial, in August 2016, while Shelton was on parole for prior drug trafficking crimes, parole officers made a surprise visit to his home on Tillman Lane in Nashville.  A search of Shelton’s room resulted in the seizure of 165 grams of heroin and other items indicative of drug trafficking.  Officers also recovered $11,000 from the trunk of Shelton’s rental car.  The investigation led officers to a second address on Chesapeake Drive in Nashville, where Shelton also lived, and there, officers recovered 90 grams of heroin, a loaded 9mm pistol, and $51,000 cash.

Shelton faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Eli J. Richardson on January 17, 2020.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; the Tennessee Department of Correction; and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Henry C. Leventis and Brooke K. Schiferle prosecuted the case.              

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Contact: 
David Boling Public Information Officer 615-736-5956 david.boling2@usdoj.gov
Updated September 4, 2019