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Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland
Carter Possessed With Intent to Distribute More Than 416 grams of Methamphetamine

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced Kevin Lawrence Carter, age 40, of Faulkner Maryland, to five years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. 

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge James R. Mancuso of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; and Chief Malik Aziz of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

According to Carter’s plea agreement, on July 30, 2020, law enforcement observed an individual purchase approximately one ounce of methamphetamine from Carter for $700.  The transaction occurred in a Clinton, Maryland parking lot.  After the transaction, law enforcement continued surveillance of Carter as he left the parking lot, stopped to get gas for the car, and headed into Charles County, Maryland. 

A short time later, a Charles County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on Carter’s vehicle in White Plains, Maryland.  During the traffic stop, the deputy asked Carter to step out of the vehicle. As Carter exited the vehicle, the deputy saw a clear gallon freezer bag with a white substance protruding from the driver’s seat where Carter was sitting and noticed a digital scale in the driver’s side door.

Carter was placed under arrest and transported to the Charles County Detention Center.  As a result of a search of Carter’s vehicle, law enforcement seized the digital scale, 388 grams of pure methamphetamine, and $680 remaining from the $700 Carter was paid during the earlier drug transaction.  The remaining $20 had been used when Carter stopped to get gas.  Lab results proved that the substance Carter distributed was 28.04 grams of pure methamphetamine.

In total, Carter possessed with intent to distribute at least 416 grams of 100% pure methamphetamine.                    

United States Attorney Erek L. Barron praised HSI and the Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joel Crespo and Elizabeth Wright, who prosecuted the case.

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Marcia Murphy
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Updated February 17, 2022

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