Virginia man convicted on federal drug, gun charges following 2019 high-speed chase in Carroll County, officials say

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(Photo: Courtesy Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority)

(Photo: Courtesy Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority)

ABINGDON, Va. (WFXR) — After a three-day jury trial at the U.S. District Court in Abingdon, a Virginia man was convicted of federal drug and gun charges in connection with methamphetamine distribution.

According to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia on Tuesday, Sept. 22, the jury convicted 45-year-old Tracy Leonard Brown on 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 while knowingly being an unlawful user of a controlled substance; and one count of distribution of methamphetamine.

Officials say Carroll County deputies arrested Brown on July 3, 2019, after a high-speed chase. Prior to the pursuit, Brown was reportedly traveling north through Carroll County toward Wytheville and had been using a scout to avoid the authorities. 

When authorities searched Brown’s person and car, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says they discovered more than two pounds of methamphetamine, two pistols, digital scales, baggies, and approximately $3,800 in cash. According to officials, the evidence presented at trial showed that Brown had sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant in Wytheville a few weeks before the high-speed chase.      

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the ATF, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office, and the Virginia State Police investigated the case, which was then prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Whit Pierce and Lena Busscher.

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