Detroit Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Possession

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PITTSBURGH, PA — A former resident of Detroit, Michigan, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession with the intent to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl, announced United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung.

Nicholas Lamont Carter, age 33, pleaded guilty on Thursday, January 5, 2023, to one count before Chief United States District Judge Mark Hornak.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Carter was an occupant of a vehicle pulled over for a traffic violation by detectives from the Allegheny County Police. Carter attempted to flee the scene, but he was quickly captured and a search of the vehicle revealed more than 200 grams of fentanyl that Carter intended to distribute.

The law provides for a total sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $5,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court detained the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Allegheny County Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Carter.

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