North Carolina man sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for drug, firearm charges

Published 8:28 am Saturday, January 7, 2023

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A New Bern man was sentenced December 8, 2022 to 210 months in prison for drug trafficking and firearm charges, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina. Daquan Doral Carter, 27, pleaded guilty on May 23, 2022 to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine, distribution of a quantity of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to the release, Carter is “a validated member of the United Blood Nation street gang.”

“We are taking on violent gang members and narcotics traffickers in every corner of Eastern North Carolina,” said U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Michael Easley. “Carter wrecked his car in a dangerous high-speed chase through downtown New Bern, exceeding 100 miles per hour. Now he will hitch a ride to federal prison. Today’s sentence is a warning to violent gang members in the Eastern District of North Carolina. The Feds are here.”

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Carter was responsible for trafficking just under 6 kilograms of methamphetamine in and around New Bern between January 2020 and July 2021. The New Bern Police Department seized marijuana and $15,000 in cash from Carter during a routine traffic stop on November 18, 2020. Between April and May 2021, New Bern police officers seized marijuana and an additional $10,000 in cash from Carter.

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“On June 23, 2021, Carter sold over an ounce of crystal methamphetamine to a confidential source. Carter was captured on an audio-visual recording conducting the transaction,” stated the release. “On July 1, 2021, New Bern Police officers arrested Carter after finding a stolen firearm in his possession during a traffic stop. The firearm also exhibited an extended magazine. Again, on July 7, 2021, Carter sold over half an ounce of crystal methamphetamine to a confidential source. Carter was captured on an audio-visual recording conducting the transaction.

“On July 20, 2021, Craven County Sheriff Deputies attempted to serve Carter with outstanding arrest warrants related to a gang-related shooting, when he fled in his vehicle and took law enforcement on a high-speed chase throughout downtown New Bern,” the release continued. “Carter was driving in speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour before crashing his vehicle. Deputies then arrested Carter and executed a search warrant at his residence where they recovered a quantity of crystal methamphetamine and cocaine.”

Easley made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. The New Bern Police Department, Craven County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aakash Singh prosecuted.