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Virginia Man Sentenced for Distributing Methamphetamine, Illegal Possession of a Firearm

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

ABINGDON, Va. – A Wytheville, Virginia man was sentenced earlier this month to 248 months in prison for distributing more than 500 grams of methamphetamine and illegally possessing a firearm.

Following a three-day trial in September, a jury convicted Tracy Leonard Brown, 45, on four counts—one count of possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, one count of possessing firearms after having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, and one count of distribution of methamphetamine while knowingly being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.  

According to evidence presented at trial, Brown was arrested on July 3, 2019 after a high-speed pursuit through Carroll County where he used a scout to avoid law enforcement.  Searches of Brown’s person and car uncovered more than two pounds of methamphetamine, two pistols, digital scales, baggies, and roughly $3,800 in cash.  The evidence also showed that Brown had sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant in Wytheville just weeks before the high-speed pursuit.       

United States Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh of the Western District of Virginia and Charlie J. Patterson, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Washington Field Division made the announcement.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office, and the Virginia State Police.

Assistant United State Attorneys Whit D. Pierce and Lena L. Busscher prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated October 27, 2021