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Little Rock jury convicts pot smuggler

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LOT OF POT: Government photo of seized drug.
  • LOT OF POT: Government photo of seized drug.
A federal jury yesterday convicted Eric Lee Carter, 29, of Tucson in a conspiracy to distribute more than a ton of marijuana found hidden in a tractor-trailer during a 2009 stop on Interstate 40. He'll be sentenced later. The penalty could from 10 years to life in prison and a $4 million fine, U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer's news release said.

A state trooper became suspicious about inconsisent information provided by Carter and a companion after a stop in Lonoke County. He also noticed suspicious construction inside the trailer. A false wall concealed a four-foot section with 106 bundles of marijuana that weighed more than 2,300 pounds. Carter's companion, Christopher Dercola, testified he'd made 15 to 20 hauls of marijuana from Tucson to the Atlanta area. He co-operated with authorities in a subsequent sting that led to arrests and convictions of Georgia men. Dercola has yet to be sentenced.

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