(STL.News) – A Kansas man transporting methamphetamine from Kansas to South Dakota was sentenced November 4, 2020 to more than 15 years in federal prison.
Billy Carter, age 45, from Tonganoxie, Kansas, received the prison term after a June 15, 2020, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
In a plea agreement, Carter admitted that he engaged in a conspiracy to sell large amounts of methamphetamine. On July 29, 2019, Carter was stopped by law enforcement for speeding in Woodbury County. After a K-9 detected the presence of drugs in the vehicle, law enforcement located 5 packages of methamphetamine, weighing a total of approximately 5 pounds, in the trunk of the car. Carter has an extensive criminal history with a total of 38 prior convictions. His prior convictions include several convictions for forgery and theft, as well as convictions for assault, aggravated escape from custody, and domestic assault.
Carter was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Carter was sentenced to 188 months’ imprisonment. He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
Carter is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ron Timmons and investigated by the Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, that consists of law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; Homeland Security Investigations; Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; and Woodbury County Attorney’s Office.