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Chicago man sentenced for fentanyl possession

A Chicago man who was found with large quantities of fentanyl at a Superior motel will spend the next four years in state prison.

Erick Julian Morgan, 29, pleaded guilty Nov. 15 in Douglas County Circuit Court to party to possess with intent to deliver narcotics. He was sentenced to four years in state prison and four years of extended supervision and ordered to pay $518 in court costs.

The charge dates back to a 2015 incident. Authorities in Douglas County said Morgan was found in possession in more than 82 grams of suspected heroin and $1,500 in cash when a search warrant was executed at a Superior hotel Oct. 15, 2015.

A crime lab test indicated that the substance was fentanyl, a schedule II synthetic opiate that is commonly added to heroin to increase the potency of the drug.

Less than two months later, Morgan was arrested and charged for first degree sale of heroin in Duluth. He pleaded guilty on November 2017 in St. Louis County District Court to a second-degree sale charge and was sentenced in April to 68 months in prison.

According to the Minnesota Department of Corrections, he is incarcerated in St. Cloud with an anticipated release date in October 2020.

Morgan filed a notice with the Douglas County court indicating he intends to pursue post-conviction relief.

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