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Reserve man sentenced to 26 months for drugs, witness intimidation

NEW ORLEANS — Travis Carter, 39, of Reserve was sentenced Thursday for narcotics trafficking in St. John the Baptist Parish, U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced.

Carter pleaded guilty Jan. 4 to conspiring with others to distribute at least 28 grams of crack and retaliating against a witness for information provided to law enforcement relating to the commission of a federal offense.

Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Carter to 26 months in the Bureau of Prisons, as well as four years of supervised release following jail.

Strasser praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office for assistance in the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas D. Moses is in charge of the prosecution.

Carter was indicted in 2016 as part of a group of suspects that included Troy Kendrick Jr., Michael Sanders, Reshad Frank and Garrick Jones.

The Sheriff’s Office expanded the cases years back, reaching out to federal partners because more manpower and surveillance was needed.

At the time of the indictments, Sheriff Mike Tregre said the investigation “probably saved a life” and resulted in removing illegal guns off local streets.

According to the indictment, Kendrick, Jones, Carter, Sanders and Frank conspired to distribute crack.

Jones and Carter were also charged with retaliating against a witness for information provided to law enforcement.