Chicago man arrested near Mount Pleasant convicted of federal drug charges

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TEXARKANA, Texas – A 44-year-old Chicago, Illinois, man was convicted Friday of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

James L. Morgan was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The verdict was reached today following a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III.

Morgan was stopped on September 28, 2017, by DPS troopers on IH-30 near Mt. Pleasant for a traffic violation. During the stop, Morgan fled on foot while a passenger, Antonio Alexander Lee, got back in the vehicle and drove away before being stopped by spike strips in Bowie County.

Morgan was caught on a rural county road after crossing all lanes of IH-30 on foot and a barbed wire fence.

A search of the vehicle revealed more than 75 grams of methamphetamine, a loaded firearm, a digital scale and approximately one gram of heroin. Further investigation revealed Morgan was a convicted felon and prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.

Morgan and Lee were indicted by a federal grand jury on October 18, 2017.

Lee pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a controlled substance and was sentenced to 94 months in federal prison on August 21, 2018. 

Under the federal statute, Morgan faces up to life in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

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