NR 14-23 Cocoa Heroin Dealer Sentenced To Federal Prison
Yesterday, Orlando U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell sentenced 36-year-old Damion Rashaad Carder of Cocoa to 18 years and 9 months in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of heroin. The court also ordered Carder to abandon any interest he had in firearms and ammunition recovered when he was arrested.
Carder pleaded guilty on December 20, 2013 after a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Enforcement Administration investigation last year. According to the investigation and statements made during the sentencing hearing, Carder was on supervised release as a result of his 2006 conviction in federal court for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. Despite being under supervision, Carder sold heroin from his home, which was approximately one block away from the Joe Lee Smith Park Recreation and Community Center.
Carder would deal heroin when the Center was open. On the day of his arrest, Carder placed two firearms and ammunition in a car with two children, approximately 8 and 10 years old, and told the driver to leave the area. Law enforcement stopped the driver and recovered the firearms shortly before arresting Carder, with more than 200 grams of heroin.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vincent A. Citro.
For additional information concerning this investigation, please contact Deputy Maria Fernez at 321-636-4665 or the United States Attorney’s Office at 813-274-6000.