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Rutherford county man sentenced to 22 years in prison for crack and firearms offenses

(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) – On June 19, 2017, Allen Carney, 30, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was sentenced to serve 240 months in prison by the Honorable Harry S. Mattice, Jr., U.S. District Judge. Following a March 2017 jury trial, Carney was convicted of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Upon his release from prison, Carney will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for six years. His sentence was enhanced based on four prior drug trafficking convictions.

According to evidence at Carney’s trial, 5.65 grams of crack cocaine, digital scales, and a loaded Glock, Model 27, .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol were seized from the master bedroom of a residence where he was arrested at in March 2016. Carney admitted the crack cocaine and firearm was his. Two young children were present at the residence when he was arrested.

Daniel R. Salter, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Division commented on the investigation, “Today we have removed a dangerous criminal from the streets. This crack dealer will no longer be able to deliver deadly doses of poison to the community. This investigation was a success because of the great working relationship that DEA has with its federal, state and local counterparts.”

U.S. Attorney Nancy Stallard Harr said, “Carney’s sentence reflects the danger and risk of harm his conduct posed to society. Drug trafficking is an inherently dangerous activity and the combination of drugs and guns substantially increases the risk of physical harm to others.”

The indictment and subsequent conviction of Carney was the result of an investigation conducted by the 17th Judicial Drug Task Force and Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Porter represented the United States.

The DEA encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justthinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov. Also follow DEA Atlanta via Twitter at @DEAATLANTADiv.

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