Noel Carter is accused of conspiring to put drugs on the street with the help of two former Bakersfield Police Department officers.

But that's no reason, authorities say, for him to remain cooped up inside. 

A status conference in Carter's case, in which he has pleaded not guilty to drug charges that could land him in prison for the rest of his life, was held Monday.

The conditions of Carter's release have been modified from home detention to a curfew that requires him to be home from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., "or as adjusted by the pretrial services officer for medical, religious services, employment or court ordered obligations," according to documents filed in federal court.

The order went into effect Feb. 21, meaning Carter likely didn't get to see his daughter play for the Bakersfield Christian High School varsity soccer team as requested in court documents.

Carter filed a request late last year with pretrial services to attend the games because his daughter was captain of the team and the 2017-18 season was her last year playing high school soccer, the documents said. The request noted Carter's wife — listed as one of his custodians — planned on attending the matches as well. 

According to the BCHS website, the team's last game of the season was Feb. 7. 

From April 2012 to August 2015, according to the indictment, Carter was handed drugs by disgraced officers Damacio Diaz and Patrick Mara with the intent to manufacture, process and sell them for profit. The officers stole drugs from evidence lockers and used Carter to help put them back on the street. 

On a fifth-floor office of the Bank of America building in downtown Bakersfield, Carter provided an "unindicted co-conspirator with an electronic key that provided the co-conspirator 24-hour access to the building ... and a key to a lockable mailbox," according to court documents.

The co-conspirator, documents said, entered the office and picked up methamphetamine that Carter had left for him in envelopes in the mailbox. He then left envelopes filled with cash in exchange.

That co-conspirator gave up Carter to federal authorities in exchange for not being indicted.

Carter possessed up to 500 grams of drugs cut with meth for distribution, and another 50 grams of pure meth, according to court documents.

He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine if convicted. His next status conference is set for June 4. 

Both Mara and Diaz are serving five-year federal prison sentences. 

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Concerncitizen

This guy should not be given special privileges. I feel sorry for his family but frankly if he was such a great family guy why was he selling drugs to our communities children? I sincerely hope whatever gain he received from this lifestyle is taken away. How many families have to deal with the devastation of their loved ones being hooked on drugs? How many lives lost due to overdose? How many children that have their lives destroyed because people like this man? He will answer to this I know when he faces God someday. He also needs to answer to his choices through the legal process. I have absolutely no sympathy for this man.

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