CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney ordered Robert Allen McClinton, 32, of Charlotte, to serve 135 months in prison and eight years of supervised release on drug trafficking charges, announced William T. Stetzer, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Judge Whitney also ordered McClinton to serve an additional consecutive 24 months in prison for violating the terms of his supervised release.
Robert R. Wells, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Charlotte, and Chief Johnny Jennings of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), join Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer in making today’s announcement.
McClinton, who is a member of the United Blood Nation (Bloods) gang, was previously sentenced to 43 months in federal prison, after pleading guilty to RICO Conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. According to court documents, on September 5, 2019, while McClinton was on supervised release, a CMPD officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle McClinton was driving. McClinton at first complied and stopped at a gas station, however, when the CMPD officer approached McClinton’s vehicle, McClinton sped off at a high speed and came close to striking the officer. Law enforcement proceeded to follow McClinton while he attempted to evade the police. Court records show that CMPD officers arrested McClinton after his vehicle collided into a tree. Over the course of the investigation law enforcement seized narcotics from McClinton and his vehicle. On May 11, 2021, a federal jury convicted McClinton of two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.
McClinton is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons, upon designation of a federal facility.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI and CMPD. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Hess and Taylor Stout, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, prosecuted the case.
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