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Heroin Dealer Endangering Children Sentenced to an Additional Three Years in Prison

APR 25 (ORLANDO, Fla.) –Today, U.S. District Judge John Antoon, II sentenced Damion Rashaad Carder (36, Cocoa) to three years in federal prison for violating his supervised release.  Carder was under supervision of the court as a result of a cocaine conviction in 2006.  On March 11, 2014, Carder was found guilty of violating his supervised release.  On April 17, 2014, U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell sentenced Carder in another federal drug case.  He was sentenced to 18 years and 9 months in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of heroin. Judge Antoon ordered that the three year sentence be served consecutive to the 18-year sentence.

According to court documents and statements made during the sentencing hearing, despite being under supervision for his 2006 drug conviction, Carder sold heroin from his home.  In addition, Carder’s home was approximately one block away from the Joe Lee Smith Park and Recreation Center, which has a children’s playground, baseball field, basketball court, gymnasium, and community center. Carder would deal heroin when the Center was open.  After thinking he was going to be arrested by law enforcement, Carder placed two firearms and ammunition in a car with two children, approximately 8 and 10 years old, and told the driver to leave the area.  Law enforcement stopped the driver and recovered the firearms shortly before arresting Carder with more than 200 grams of heroin.
         

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.

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