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August 23, 2013

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that Vincent Carter, 36, of Dallas, Texas, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr., to ten years in prison and eight years of supervised release for distribution of methamphetamine.

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, on October 4, 2012, Carter made a deal to buy methamphetamine.  The meeting place was set in Natchitoches, La.  Carter sold the drugs while authorities were monitoring the transaction.  On October 10, 2012, Carter’s home was raided, and a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a .380 semi-automatic pistol were found.  He pleaded guilty on March 19, 2013, to one count of distribution of methamphetamine.

“This case is the result of a joint effort by our office and our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners.  Operations like this make a difference in the community and disrupt the sale of illegal narcotics, Finley stated.”

Carter was arrested as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation code named “Crystal Bend.”  The Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Louisiana State Police participated in this OCDETF operation.

The OCDETF program is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James G. Cowles prosecuted the case.

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