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Vermont Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire

CONCORD – A Vermont man pleaded guilty in federal court in Concord to conspiring to distribute a controlled substance in New Hampshire, U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young announces.

Lamar Carter, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, namely, cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine. U.S. District Court Judge Samantha Elliott scheduled sentencing for March 29, 2024. The defendant was indicted on August 29, 2022.

Carter was a leader of a drug distribution organization that obtained powder cocaine from New Jersey, “cooked” the cocaine to manufacture crack, and distributed the crack in and around Keene, New Hampshire. The organization had several employees who worked for Carter and conducted hand-to-hand drug transactions with customers. The group operated out of a local resident’s home, as well as several hotel rooms. During the investigation 364 grams of cocaine base and 2 handguns were seized.

The charging statute provides a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, at least three (3) years of supervised release, and a maximum fine of $1,000,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

Homeland Security Investigations led the investigation. Valuable assistance was provided by the Keene Police Department.


Updated December 20, 2023