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Chicago men face local drug charges

Superior Telegram

Two Chicago men accused of selling a synthetic opiate that increases the potency of heroin out of a Superior hotel room made appearances in Douglas County Circuit Court last week.

Erick Julian Morgan, 34, and Michael Clark, 32, each face a charge of party to possession with intent to deliver fentanyl.

Morgan was bound over for arraignment Wednesday. He remains free on a $5,000 signature bond.

Clark failed to make a status appearance Nov. 25 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. It was canceled when he appeared for a preliminary hearing Wednesday, but the signature bond was raised to $10,000 and the hearing was rescheduled for Dec. 30.

According to the criminal complaint:

Morgan was seen making several suspected drug deals in the parking lot of the hotel and investigators saw him enter and exit Room 203. When law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the hotel room, they found Clark packaging suspected heroin into half-gram "twist offs." The room contained approximately 82.42 grams of suspected heroin and $1,500 in cash. A crime lab test indicated the substance was fentanyl, a schedule II narcotic drug. Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate more potent than morphine, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Cutting heroin with fentanyl makes the dose much stronger, according to the criminal complaint.

If convicted, both men face a maximum penalty of 15 years of imprisonment and a fine up to $50,000.