A man who conspired with two Bakersfield police detectives to sell methamphetamine and marijuana stolen by the detectives was sentenced Monday to seven and a half years in federal prison.

Noel Carter, 45, of Bakersfield, was also sentenced in U.S. District Court in Fresno to five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $70,513 in restitution to a former employer, and to forfeit $286,251 representing proceeds from his drug trafficking activity, said a spokeswoman for the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California.

Prosecutors had agreed to recommend a penalty on the low end of the sentencing range for his cooperation in the case. However, Carter’s sentencing of seven and a half years was significantly higher than the five-year sentences handed down to his co-conspirators, former BPD Detectives Damacio Diaz and Patrick Mara, who were each sentenced in 2016 to five years in federal prison.

Besides pleading guilty to conspiring with the officers to sell methamphetamine and marijuana between April 2012 and August 2015 — seized drugs the two detectives deliberately failed to submit to the BPD evidence room — Carter had agreed to amend tax returns he filed during that period to reflect $480,000 in previously unreported income.

Carter had been employed as a contract manager for Pacific Workplaces, which offers virtual offices and short-term office rentals. Court records say Carter took more than $70,000 from customers and deposited the payments into his personal account at Chase Bank between September 2016 and September 2017, when he was fired.

The revelations that two Bakersfield police detectives had entered into a drug sales conspiracy with a third individual that included admissions of bribery and informing criminal partners of sensitive law enforcement activities rocked the BPD to its core.

The web of conspiracy and corruption would prove to extend even further — to a pair of deputies in the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.

Derrick Penney, who was assigned to the Gang Suppression Unit, and Logan August, assigned to the Major Vendors Narcotics Unit, pleaded guilty in 2017 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana as part of a criminal plot that also involved Mara.

According to the plea agreements, the pair admitted to engaging in the theft from the sheriff’s own storage unit of cannabis that had been previously confiscated from illegal grow operations.

The two deputies “abused” their positions of trust and authority, a plea agreement stated, “to take for unlawful personal gain marijuana plants from KCSO property that had been seized in the course of … marijuana eradication operations.”

Both men were sentenced to probation only, and received no prison time.

Carter would not be so fortunate. In a sentencing memorandum filed April 2, federal prosecutors argued that Carter could not support his contention that he was “substantially less culpable than the average participant in the conspiracy.

“Carter did not play a limited function within the conspiracy (such as a mule or a person who simply stores drugs),” the prosecution argued. “Carter instead was fully aware of the entire scope and structure of the conspiracy, voluntarily joined it, was instrumental in its success and reaped a large percentage of its profits.”

Steven Mayer can be reached at 661-395-7353. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter: @semayerTBC.

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So here we have in one article one more story (in addition to many others) about both BPD and sheriffs deputies being corrupt.
Why am I not surprised?


This guy is getting what he deserves. The sentence (or lack thereof) the law enforcement officers received was a lenient travesty of justice that takes credibility away from their “profession.”


Aye Steve Mayer , you almost were my hero when you were ballsy enough to write this article .Until I read it and realized you were not my hero when you failed to mention the way WAY worse crimes these smurky faced characters actually committed!! Scoot over steve ,I would be better at y o ur job then you!!😚


Bakersfield Police + Republicans = Good Ol Nazi Boy Network: Do as we say, not as we do.

Gene Pool Chlorinator

What is your obsession with Nazis, anyway? You seem to throw that term around on almost every inane post you submit.
Branding any political group (outside of actual Nazis) with the broad "Nazi" brush you do shows ignorance and stupidity in so many ways it is truly shocking.
Let me guess- you're part of the "tolerant", "big tent party" Left- am I right??? Yes, I'll wait...


Once again Irlopez74, it’s time for your shower. Now, get in line.


Law enforcement in Bakersfield = Still corrupt as f-ck.


We should have hired this guy to serve the public, and given him a gun as well. That way, he would’ve simply received probation. Anyone who think cops, even crooked, drug selling, intimidation artist cops don’t get treatment FAR and above what you or I would receive is delusional.

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