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LONGVIEW WOMAN SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT FOR METHAMPHETAMINE TRAFFICKING
Repeated Local Arrests and Pending Charges Failed to Deter Defendant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2008

SHARON K. CARTER, 43, of Longview, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma by United States District Judge Benjamin H. Settle to 5 years’ imprisonment, to be followed by 5 years’ supervised release, for trafficking in methamphetamine on repeated occasions in Longview, Washington.

On August 2, 2007, a State search warrant was executed at CARTER’s residence in Longview, resulting in the recovery of small quantities of methamphetamine packaged for distribution, scales, $4,750 cash proceeds, and a loaded 9 mm Makarov semi-automatic pistol. CARTER was transported to the Cowlitz County jail where she was booked on State drug charges and released on bond.

On September 14, 2007, while on bond, CARTER met with a law enforcement operative at a motel in Longview, and sold the operative a 1/4 ounce of methamphetamine for $300.

On September 23, 2007, CARTER was stopped by a Longview Patrol Officer for a driving infraction, and found to be in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana packaged for sale, scales, and $3,514 cash proceeds. CARTER was transported to the Cowlitz County jail where she was booked on State drug charges and released on bond.

On October 23, 2007, a second state search warrant was executed at CARTER’s residence. Officers found methamphetamine and marijuana packaged for distribution, scales, and $3,631 drug proceeds.

CARTER was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Western District of Washington on December 19, 2007. Following her initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Karen L. Strombom in Tacoma on December 28, 2007, she was ordered detained pending all further proceedings and has remained in federal custody since that time.

Given her federal sentence, CARTER will remain within the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Prisons for the next ten years.

The case was investigated by the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force, the Longview Police Department, the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, and Drug Enforcement Administration, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ronald J. Friedman.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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