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Man sentenced to federal prison in crack case resulting from Johnson City police traffic stop

Staff Report • Aug 21, 2013 at 3:41 PM

GREENEVILLE — An Atlanta, Ga., man was sentenced to nearly nine years in prison Tuesday on federal drug charges that resulted from a Johnson City Police Department traffic stop.

Calvin Carter, 31, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 106 months in federal prison followed by six years of supervised probation.

In a news release, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Carter pleaded guilty in August 2012 to possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of the trafficking of cocaine.

During a traffic stop, Carter was found with more than 27 grams of crack cocaine. Police also found a loaded Smith & Wesson .44 magnum revolver. Drug Enforcement Administration agents assisted in the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a national strategy that creates local partnerships with law enforcement agencies to enforce existing gun laws. It provides more options to prosecutors, allowing them to utilize local, state, and federal laws to ensure that criminals who commit gun crime face tough sentences. PSN gives each federal district the flexibility it needs to focus on individual challenges that a specific community faces, according to the news release.

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