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Man arrested for allegedly conspiring in drug dealings with disgraced officers Diaz, Mara

Former detectives Damacio Diaz, left, and Patrick Mara are seen in undated file photos provided by the Bakersfield Police Department. The former detectives are serving federal prison sentences for drug dealing. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, that another man, Noel Carter, of Bakersfield, was arrested for allegedly conspiring with them.

A man was arrested Thursday for allegedly conspiring to deal drugs with two disgraced Bakersfield police officers.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Noel Carter, of Bakersfield, was given the drugs by then-detectives Damacio Diaz and Patrick Mara between 2012 and 2015.

The officers stole seized drugs instead of submitting them into evidence. Carter then allegedly processed and sold the drugs for the Diaz and Mara.

Both Diaz and Mara are serving five-year federal prison sentences.

Carter is scheduled for arraignment in federal court Thursday. If convicted, he could be sentenced to as much as life in prison, the Department of Justice said.

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