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MONDAY - July 7, 2008


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on July 7, 2008, JOSEPH ANTHONY MORRIS, 25, of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, pled guilty before Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt.

MORRIS agreed to waive Indictment and plead guilty to a Criminal Information charging him with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of cocaine base (crack), and more than five (5) kilograms of cocaine powder, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). The Criminal Information indicates MORRIS participated in the drug conspiracy from early 2004 until May 15, 2008, when he was arrested. MORRIS was arrested on May 15, 2008, after authorities obtained a federal arrest warrant for MORRIS for distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute approximately 56.9 grams of cocaine base (crack) and 58.3 grams of cocaine powder to an individual on April 16, 2008 in exchange for $3,650.00.

This case is part of an ongoing investigation being conducted by local, state, and federal authorities targeting multiple mid-level drug traffickers located in and around the Halifax County, North Carolina area.

In response to this case, Mr. Holding stated, “The dedication of our state and local law enforcement continues as they seek to identify and apprehend drug traffickers in our communities. Without their assistance, federal prosecution would not be possible. Our gratitude for their hard work and tireless efforts many times go unnoticed. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase their fine work and thank them for it.”

MORRIS faces up to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $4,000,000, and 5 years of supervised release following his term of confinement. Sentencing has been set for the October 6, 2008 term of court.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office with cooperation from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Royster served as the prosecutor for the government.


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