By Carra Higgins
A Beckley man who, along with his co-defendant, attempted to flee authorities in a vehicle containing illegal drugs and cash in March 2011, was sentenced Thursday to prison.
Eddie Daivon Morgan, 32, of Beckley, was sentenced by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. to four years of prison time for federal drug charges, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Morgan had pleaded guilty to using a cellular telephone to facilitate the possession with intent to distribute heroin.
Morgan’s co-defendant, Stephen Michael Hopkins, 36, of Huntington, was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison. Copenhaver also imposed Hopkins’ sentence.
Hopkins pleaded guilty in January to aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute heroin.
Goodwin’s office said that on March 16, 2011, Charleston Police responded to a call near the 2600 block of Sixth Avenue and, upon arriving at the scene, approached Hopkins and Morgan, both of whom were sitting inside a parked Dodge Charger. An officer ordered them to step out of the vehicle and Hopkins, who was sitting in the driver’s seat, refused to obey the order given by police and drove away.
Officers pursued the pair and during the chase, Hopkins lost control of his vehicle and crashed it, police said. Hopkins and Morgan both attempted to flee on foot, but were apprehended a short time later.
Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and recovered a plastic bag underneath the driver’s seat. The bag contained $10,920 in cash, suspected heroin and marijuana. The suspected heroin was submitted to the West Virginia State Police lab for testing and was found to be heroin weighing 26.6 grams.
Police also seized a cellular phone that belonged to Morgan and text messages on the phone revealed messages that were sent by Morgan, informing various people that he had “dog food” for sale. The term “dog food” was used in reference to the heroin that was seized by police.