Career Criminal Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking | USAO-SDMS

Gulfport, Miss – Elbert James Carter, 38, of Bay St. Louis, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. to 180 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Brad Byerley with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  Judge Guirola also ordered Carter to pay a $3,500 fine. 

Beginning in late 2017, DEA agents received information that Carter was involved in distributing methamphetamine in the McClain, Mississippi area.  On June 21, 2018, an individual purchased 54.9 grams of methamphetamine from Carter for $1,000.  The DEA Crime lab determined that the methamphetamine was 100% pure.   On July 11, 2018, an individual purchased methamphetamine from Carter for $1,000.  The DEA crime lab determined the methamphetamine weighed 52.5 grams and was 98% pure.

Carter was charged in a federal criminal indictment and pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine before Judge Guirola on January 28, 2020.  Carter has two prior felony drug convictions and was sentenced as a career offender.

The case was investigated by the DEA and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shundral H. Cole.

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