Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun and Drug Crimes | USAO-SDWV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Keith Morris, 33, of Charleston, pleaded guilty today to being a criminal in possession of firearms and intended to distribute 40 grams of fentanyl. Morris was charged on an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in November 2020.

According to the informed consent and statements made in court on or about January 23, 2020, Charleston Police Department (CPD) officers found at least 50 grams of methamphetamine and a loaded Glock, Model 26, 9-mm semi-automatic, following a two-vehicle accident in Charleston Gun in Morris’ car. In addition, Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) officials confiscated 40 grams or more of fentanyl and a loaded 9mm caliber SCCY CPX-1 from Morris’ car on or about August 7, 2020 after it obstructed traffic in Charleston had. Morris admitted that he intended to distribute the controlled substances he had seized. Morris went on to admit that he knew he was banned from possession of firearms because he had previously been convicted of attempted murder and malicious endangerment with a firearm in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

Morris faces up to 40 years in prison when sentenced on July 19, 2021.

The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network team, the Charleston Police Department, and the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Bureau conducted the investigation. United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presided over the hearing. United States Assistant Attorney Negar M. Kordestani is handling law enforcement.

A copy of this news release is available on the US Attorney’s website for the southern district of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case # 2: 20-cr-00167.

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