Local businessman linked to law enforcement corruption, ordered to pay $286,000

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A local businessman who sold drugs for disgraced law enforcement officers was ordered to forfeit thousands of dollars he made on the crimes.

Judge Lawrence O’Neill ordered Noel Carter, 45, to pay $286,000, according to court documents obtained by 17News.

In October, Carter admitted his role in the drug ring that raided local police and sheriff’s departments evidence lockers.  

Carter sold at least 20 pounds of meth for Damacio Diaz and Patrick Mara, according to a plea agreement. The transactions went down at the Bank of America building in Downtown Bakersfield right across the street from Kern County Superior Court.

Carter’s pre-sentence report interview is scheduled on Christmas Eve. It’s one of the last formalities before his February 4 sentencing.

We have a page on our website dedicated to Kern Corruption coverage, and a timeline that explains the rise and fall of the officers careers and what’s happened since they were convicted on federal charges. Click here for more.

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