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Trial begins for accused Prince George’s detective

UPPER MARLBORO — Prosecutors are describing a Prince George’s County police detective accused of reselling guns seized from criminals as a “gun dealer on the street with a badge.”

The remarks were made Monday during opening statements in the trail of Juan Carter, who was indicted in 2010 on 13 counts of theft and misconduct in office. The indictment stemmed from an internal investigation into the theft of several confiscated guns.

Carter was on a firearms task force run by the Maryland State Police, and authorities have said that at one point more than 20 guns taken by the task force were missing.

Carter’s defense attorney said his client did not steal the weapons and added that Carter’s paperwork, along with others on the task force, was sometimes sloppy.