Man sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for meth charge

Evidence from Carpenter case - Multnomah County Sheriff's Office photo

PORTLAND, Ore. – A man arrested for pistol-whipping a man during a drug meet was sentenced to more than 18 years in federal prison on a meth distribution charge.

According to court documents, Jeramy Theodore Carpenter worked with another person to set up a sale of two ounces of meth back on September 15, 2017.

Carpenter hid in the back seat of an SUV while his co-conspirator drove and picked up the perspective buyer. Once the buyer sat in the front seat of the SUV, Carpenter hit the buyer several times in the head with a gun and asked “where’s my money?,” the court documents state.

The buyer persuaded Carpenter and the co-conspirator to drop him off so he could get the money from a safe deposit box, authorities said, and he managed to get away and call police.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office applied for a search warrant for Carpenter’s garage, as well as the vehicles that he and his co-conspirator owned.

During the search they reported finding empty plastic wrap from a kilo of meth, drug records, a money counter, and Carpenter’s backpack. Inside the backpack they found Carpenter’s wallet, ID, and prescriptions, along with more than 38 ounces of meth, a digital scale, two guns, three pairs of brass knuckles, and $1,000 cash.

On Monday (May 21) a judge sentenced Carpenter to 220 months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth.

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