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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Bulk Cocaine Trafficker Is Sentenced To More Than 15 Years

The Defendant Engaged in Drug Trafficking While on Supervised Release for a Prior Federal Drug Conviction

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Harold Broome Jr., 39, of Charlotte, was sentenced today to 181 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, announced William T.  Stetzer, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. 

Vincent C. Pallozzi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division, and Chief Johnny Jennings of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) join Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer in making today’s announcement.

According to filed court documents and today’s sentencing hearing, in 2019, law enforcement learned that Broome was distributing large quantities of cocaine in the greater Charlotte area. In April 2019, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Broome’s residence, seizing more than five kilograms powder cocaine, over two pounds marijuana, digital scales, drug paraphernalia, and over $36,000 in cash. Court records show that Broome engaged in drug trafficking activities while on supervised release for a previous federal drug conviction. Broome was arrested on state drug charges and was subsequently released on bond. In December 2019, a federal indictment charged Broome with new drug offenses and an arrest warrant was issued.

In January 2020, law enforcement located and arrested Broome. At the time of his arrest, Broome was continuing to traffic narcotics and was found in possession of bulk cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana. Subsequent to his arrest, Broome pleaded guilty to a federal superseding indictment, enlarging the scope of his drug trafficking conspiracy.  

Broome is currently in custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. 

In making today’s announcement, Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer thanked the ATF and CMPD for their investigation of this case. 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sanjeev Bhasker and Dena King, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated March 3, 2021