A Front Royal man has admitted that he participated in a drug distribution operation in West Virginia.

Damanya Terelle Carter, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing cocaine hydrochloride with the intent to distribute. Bill Powell, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, announced the plea in a news release on Wednesday.

The release states that Carter participated in a drug distribution operation in Jefferson County and “elsewhere” in February and March of 2019.

Cocaine hydrochloride is an anesthetic doctors use inside a patient’s nose prior to a medical procedure or surgery.

A Warren County grand jury indicted Carter on 10 counts of distributing or selling a Schedule I or Schedule II drug for profit in February. Prosecutors decided not to proceed with the charges against Carter in August.

Carter faces up to 20 years in jail and a $1 million fine, though his eventual sentencing will be based on the seriousness of the offense and his previous criminal history.

Contact Max Thornberry at mthornberry@nvdaily.com