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Career Offender Is Sentenced To 12+ Years On Drug And Gun Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. sentenced Allen Shunte Plowden, 38, of Charlotte, to 151 months in prison followed by six years of supervised release for cocaine distribution and illegal firearm possession, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Ronnie Martinez, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in North Carolina and South Carolina, and Chief Johnny Jennings of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) join U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.

According to filed documents and court proceedings, in May 2020, law enforcement initiated an investigation into Plowden, after receiving information that the defendant was distributing narcotics in the Charlotte area. On September 27, 2020, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Plowden’s residence, seizing cocaine, drug paraphernalia, digital scales, and other items consistent with drug distribution. Law enforcement also seized $40,000 in drug proceeds and 16 illegal firearms, some of which had been reported stolen.

On October 25, 2021, Plowden pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. At today’s court hearing, Plowden’s sentence was enhanced due to his classification as a “Career Offender” based on multiple prior convictions, including Robbery and Distribution/Manufacture of Cocaine Base and Distribution of a Controlled Substance Near a School.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King commended HSI and CMPD for their investigation of the case.

Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Hess of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated July 19, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses