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Date: 06-03-2024

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United States of America v. Carla Brown

Case Number: 1:21-CR-251

Judge: Christopher C. Conner

Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office for Harrisburg

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Pittsburgh Woman Sentenced To 30 Months’ Imprisonment For Drug Trafficking



The charges against Carla Brown, age 28, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania stem from an investigation in which the Pennsylvania State Police made a traffic stop on May 14, 2020, in Lebanon County, of a vehicle in which Brown was an occupant. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of approximately 350 grams of cocaine, and $5,020 in U.S. currency.

Defendant Carla Brown moved to suppress evidence obtained from her cell phone, which was seized following a traffic stop in May 2020 and searched in November 2023 pursuant to a warrant. Brown contends the three-and-a-half-year delay between the seizure and search was objectively unreasonable in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. She also requests a hearing pursuant to Franks v. Delaware, 438 U.S. 154 (1978), to challenge the veracity of certain averments contained in the affidavit of probable cause attached to the government's warrant application. We will grant Brown's motion to suppress due to unreasonable delay.

The driver of the vehicle, William Shaw, was convicted on the charges of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment.

The charge against the defendant resulted from an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Scott R. Ford 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.

Outcome:

Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment

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