PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WTXL) — An Atlanta man was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison Friday for his role as a meth supplier to the North Florida area.
Gerry F. Carter, 34, was the Atlanta-based supplier of drugs distributed by a methamphetamine-trafficking organization operating in North Florida, according to a release from the Northern District of Florida's office.
Carter provided the organization with at least 120 kilograms of methamphetamine between August 2018 and February 2019, the office added.
He also possessed several handguns, which he carried to protect his drug money, the release said.
Carter was the subject of a DEA sting operation conducted on July 18, 2019, when Carter attempted to pick up $21,000 from a person in Tallahassee, Florida, to be used for the purchase of 3 kilograms of methamphetamine.
Unknown to Carter, the “purchaser” was an undercover agent.
Carter pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense. Carter qualified for sentencing as a career offender because of convictions for two prior drug trafficking offenses.
He will serve 25 years on the conspiracy charge, followed by 5 years on the firearm charge. The Court also ordered 10 years of supervised release following the completion of Carter’s prison term.