Wytheville man sentenced to 20+ years for drug, firearm charges after 2019 high-speed chase in Carroll County

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ABINGDON, Va. (WFXR) — A Wytheville man is set to spend 20 years and eight months in prison after being sentenced earlier this month for distribution of more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, as well as illegal firearm possession.

After a three-day trial in September 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) says 45-year-old Tracy Leonard Brown was convicted for the following charges:

  • 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
  • One count of distribution of methamphetamine while knowingly being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.  

Officials tell WFXR News that Brown was arrested on July 3, 2019 after a high-speed pursuit through Carroll County, where he used a scout to avoid law enforcement.  

According to the evidence presented at trial, searches of Brown and his car uncovered more than two pounds of methamphetamine, two pistols, digital scales, baggies, and roughly $3,800 in cash. The evidence also showed Brown had sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant in Wytheville just weeks before the high-speed pursuit, the DOJ says.       

This case — which was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office; the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office; and Virginia State Police — was reportedly prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Whit D. Pierce and Lena L. Busscher.

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