BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – (UPDATE 9/21 four:30 p.m.) — Noel Carter was arraigned Thursday afternoon and the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace stated he entered a plea of not responsible. He was launched on residence detention with digital monitoring.
Noel Carter, of Bakersfield, was arrested as we speak for conspiring with Bakersfield Police Division officers Damacio Diaz and Patrick Mara to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana that Diaz and Mara seized in the middle of their duties as cops, U.S. Lawyer Phillip A. Talbert introduced.
Carter is scheduled to be arraigned right now in Fresno at 2:00 p.m. earlier than U.S. Justice of the Peace Decide Sheila Okay. Oberto.
On September 14, 2017, a federal grand jury returned a 3-rely indictment charging Carter with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana, and two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The indictment was initially sealed and was unsealed as we speak. The indictment alleges that from April 2012 to August 2015, Carter conspired with Mara and Diaz who intentionally did not submit the seized medicine into the BPD proof room, and as an alternative offered the stolen narcotics to Carter so Carter might promote these narcotics for revenue. The indictment additionally alleges that Mara took marijuana and offered it to Carter to course of so it was appropriate on the market. Lastly, the indictment alleges that Carter conspired with Mara to unlawfully manufacture, course of, and promote marijuana for revenue.
Earlier courtroom data point out that in Might 2016, Damacio Diaz pleaded responsible to possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, in addition to receiving bribes and making a false revenue tax return. In June 2016, Mara pleaded responsible to conspiring to distribute, and to own with the intent to distribute, methamphetamine. Diaz was faraway from lively obligation with the Bakersfield Police Division in roughly February 2015, as was Mara in the summertime of 2015. Diaz and Mara are presently serving federal jail sentences.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Inner Income Service-Felony Investigation, and the Bakersfield Police Division. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian Okay. Delaney and Angela Scott are prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Carter faces a most statutory penalty of life in jail and a $10 million effective. Any sentence, nevertheless, can be decided on the discretion of the courtroom after consideration of any relevant statutory elements and the Federal Sentencing Tips, which consider various variables. The fees are solely allegations; the defendant is presumed harmless till and until confirmed responsible past an inexpensive doubt.