Chicago man faces up to life in prison for trafficking drugs in East Texas

Chicago man faces up to life in prison for trafficking drugs in East Texas

TEXARKANA, TX (KLTV) - A Chicago man has been convicted on federal charges after he was arrested for drug trafficking in East Texas in 2017.

According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown, 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 Friday following a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III.

According to information presented in court, on Sep. 28, 2017, Morgan was stopped by Texas DPS troopers on IH-30 near Mt. Pleasant, Texas, for failing to maintain a single lane of traffic. During the traffic 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, Texas. Morgan was apprehended 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 actual 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 Oct. 18, 2017.

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

The release said 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.

This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Criminal Investigation and Highway Patrol Divisions; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Titus County Sheriff’s Office; Bowie County Sheriff’s Office; and the Cass County District Attorney’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Allen Hurst, Jonathan R. Hornok and Graham Jones.

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