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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Calvin Carter Sentenced To 106 Months In Federal Prison For Cocaine And Firearms Charges

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On Aug. 20, 2013, Calvin Carter, 31, of Atlanta, Ga., was sentenced to serve 106 months in prison, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge. Upon his release from prison, Carter will be subject to supervised release under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for six years.

Carter pleaded guilty in August 2012 to possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, and to possession of a firearm in furtherance of the trafficking of cocaine. Because he possessed a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, he faced a minimum 60 month sentence, up to life, in prison for the firearm charge alone.

The investigation which led to the indictment and subsequent conviction of Carter was initiated by members of the Johnson City Police Department. During a traffic stop, Carter was found to be in possession of over 27 grams of crack cocaine. In addition, officers located a loaded Smith & Wesson .44 magnum revolver. Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration also assisted in the case.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Regalia represented the United States.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a comprehensive national strategy that creates local partnerships with law enforcement agencies to effectively enforce existing gun laws. It provides more options to prosecutors, allowing them to utilize local, state, and federal laws to ensure that criminals who commit gun crime face tough sentences. PSN gives each federal district the flexibility it needs to focus on individual challenges that a specific community faces.

Updated March 18, 2015