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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that two Detroit, Michigan men were sentenced to prison for federal drug crimes.

“When Carter and Sparks decided to peddle poisons in southern West Virginia, they made the same mistake that many other Detroit drug dealers made,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Now Carter and Sparks will be joining them in federal prison.”

Carlton Carter, 27, was sentenced to 37 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin and oxycodone pills.  Carter admitted that on July 10, 2019, law enforcement officers with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) found him in possession of approximately 30 grams of heroin and 114 oxycodone 30 mg pills after they stopped a vehicle in which he was a passenger in Charleston. Carter admitted he possessed the drugs with intent to distribute them. MDENT conducted the investigation. United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Negar M. Kordestani handled the prosecution. 

William Anthony Sparks was sentenced to 18 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin.  Sparks admitted that on April 25, 2019, deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office stopped a car in which he was a passenger and recovered over 40 grams of heroin he possessed with the intent to distribute. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Negar M. Kordestani and former Assistant United States Attorney Drew Inman handled the prosecution.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case Nos. 2:20-cr-00009 (Carter) and 2:19-cr-00167 (Sparks).

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