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Man sentenced to 20 years in prison for crack cocaine distribution

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A man formerly from Arkansas was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday for distributing crack cocaine.

Tommy Allen, of Kingsport, Tenn. and formerly of Forrest City, Ark., was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Greeneville. After release, he will be on supervised release for five years.

Allen pleaded guilty in June 2016 to conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine. Authorities said he was a member of a drug trafficking organization involving 10 codefendants, which obtained powder cocaine in Forrest City, Ark., and then took it to Kingsport, Tenn. where it was "cooked" into crack cocaine and distributed in the Tri-Cities.

Allen is the brother of the conspiracy's leader, Billy Allen. Authorities added Tommy Allen distributed crack cocaine and took phone calls from people ordering crack cocaine from the group. Tommy Allen admitted to being responsible for distributing about two to six pounds of crack cocaine.

He faced a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison.

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