Tampa Drug Trafficker Who Caused Three Fentanyl Overdoses Sentenced To 20 Years In Federal Prison

TAMPA, FL. – – U.S. District Judge Thomas Barber has sentenced Marvin Lee Carter, Sr., 41, Tampa, to 20 years in federal prison for distributing fentanyl, which caused serious bodily injury.

Carter had pleaded guilty on March 1, 2021.

According to court documents, Carter sold fentanyl to an acquaintance, who used the fentanyl and suffered an overdose. That same day, Carter also sold fentanyl to another individual.

That individual and a co-worker both used the fentanyl and also overdosed. Law enforcement then executed a search warrant at Carter’s residence and found additional fentanyl. All three individuals who had used the fentanyl received medical attention and survived.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Tampa Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Leonard.

This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach.

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