Daniel Roy Carter, 49, of Port Charlotte, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison, followed by 5 years of probation, for Trafficking in Amphetamine 28 grams – 200 grams. He was also sentenced to 5 years in prison for Transportation of Drug Paraphernalia. The charges are to be served concurrently. He was also given a $100,000 fine. He must also pay court costs and the cost of prosecution.
Carter made a plea straight to the court. A defendant can give up their right to a jury trial and plea to the court for sentencing. This is not a plea agreement.
He was arrested by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office on July 26, 2020, following a traffic stop. The defendant was driving a large rental van and was speeding on I-75 and then rolled through a stop sign. The traffic stop was conducted and during a search of the van, baggies were found containing methamphetamine. He was then taken into custody.
Assistant State Attorney Scott Patterson and Assistant State Attorney Alexa Lipham prosecuted the case.
Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office