Saturday June 1, 2013

KEITH WHITCOMB JR.

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- A North Bennington man was sentenced to serve between three and 10 years for selling drugs.

Daris Carter, 32, pleaded guilty to two counts of cocaine sale, one count of cocaine possession, and one count of violating conditions of release. He was also unsatisfactorily discharged from probation, which he was placed on in November after pleading guilty to stalking. According to court records, Carter must undergo a substance abuse treatment program and was recommended to be placed in a work camp program.

According to an affidavit by a member of the Vermont Drug Task Force, in September 2012 police began investigating Carter over his involvement in the drug trade. Police said in October they met with a "cooperating individual" (CI) who said they could purchase crack cocaine from a person named "Tommy," however they were unable to make an arrangement with Tommy and learned that Carter was the person to buy cocaine from.

Police said on Oct. 12, CI was given $100 and recording equipment, then bought .4 grams of crack cocaine from Carter in Bennington. On Oct. 16 they paid $100 for .2 grams, and on Nov. 2 another $100 purchased .5 grams from Carter.

Tommy was identified as Raymond Williams, who was listed as a co-defendant along with Carter. On Jan. 15 a warrant was issued for Williams’ arrest but he has not yet appeared in Bennington Superior Court as of Thursday.

Carter was arrested along with more than 50 other people in "Operation County Strike" which happened on Jan. 17. More than 100 police officers from different agencies spent the day arresting people suspected of selling drugs in the county.

According to another affidavit by State Police, in November Carter was charged with possession of cocaine after police found a crack pipe in his pocket. Carter had been in the back seat of a car pulled over for a license plate light out.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.