Accomplice in law enforcement corruption scandal asks for lighter sentence

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A businessman convicted of helping police officers sell stolen drugs is asking for a lighter sentence than his partners received.

In October, Noel Carter pleaded guilty to federal charges in Fresno and was ordered to pay $286,000 in restitution.

Carter admitted his role in the drug ring that raided local police and sheriff’s department’s evidence lockers for drugs.

According to the plea agreement, Carter sold those drugs for former Bakersfield police detectives Damacio Diaz and Patrick Mara at the Bank of America building in Downtown Bakersfield.

In a sentencing memo filed Thursday, Carter’s attorneys ask the court to determine that he is less culpable for the crimes than Mara and Diaz. They are also asking for Carter’s sentence be less than four-and-a-half years.

Read more about the case involving law enforcement at Kern Corruption.

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