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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Norwich Man Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Distributing Oxycodone, Violating Supervised Release

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RODNEY T. MORGAN, 48, of Norwich, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 51 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing oxycodone, and for violating the conditions of his supervised release from a prior federal conviction.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on November 23, 2010, Judge Chatigny sentenced MORGAN to 49 months of imprisonment, followed by six years of supervised release, for distributing oxycodone, cocaine and crack cocaine.  MORGAN was released from prison in July 2013 and began serving his six-year term of supervised release.

In October 2016, the Norwich Police Department received information that MORGAN was receiving large shipments of prescription pills and kept a supply of the narcotics at a friend’s residence in Stonington.  On October 12, 2016, detectives stopped MORGAN’s car after he drove away from the Stonington residence.  A search of the car revealed more than 100 oxycodone pills.  Detectives subsequently located more than 300 oxycodone pills inside the residence.

MORGAN has been detained since his arrest on October 12, 2016.  On January 5, 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.  On that date, he also admitted that he violated the terms of his supervised release.

This is MORGAN’s third federal conviction.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah P. Karwan and Anthony P. Kaplan.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Prescription Drugs
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Updated February 21, 2018