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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Friday, April 25, 2014

Heroin Dealer Endangering Children Sentenced To An Additional 3 Years In Prison

Orlando, Florida – Senior U.S. District Judge John Antoon, II today sentenced Damion Rashaad Carder (36, Cocoa) to 3 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. Carder was found guilty of violating his supervised release on March 11, 2014. 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 3-year sentence be served consecutive to the 18-year sentence.

According to court documents and statements made during the sentencing hearing, Carder was on supervised release as a result of his 2006 conviction in federal court for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. Despite being under supervision, Carder sold heroin from his home, which 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 Assistant United States Attorney Vincent A. Citro.

Updated January 26, 2015