Gulfport, Miss. – A Jackson County man pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute 70 grams of methamphetamine.
James Richard Morgan, 42, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.
According to court documents, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents utilized a confidential informant to purchase 70 grams of 42% purity methamphetamine from Morgan and co-defendant Karlos Brown in the parking lot of Walmart located on Denny Avenue in Pascagoula.
Morgan is scheduled to be sentenced on February 14, 2024, and faces a mandatory minimum of 5 years and a maximum of 40 years in prison. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Brown previously pled guilty and was sentenced on February 27, 2023, to 70 months in prison.
U.S. Attorney Todd W. Gee and Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby of the Federal Bureau of Investigation made the announcement.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pascagoula Police Department, and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erica Rose.
This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor- led, intelligence driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.