Suspects in recent Austin drug raid plead not guilty to multiple charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 00:00

Four men and a woman were taken into custody by Austin police and police reserve officers in a drug bust that took place Friday, January 7, on that city’s north side.
Detective/Major Lonnie Noble prepared the probable cause affidavits against suspects Hence E. Campbell, 36; Jessica Morgan, 29; Earl E. Sandlin, 36; and Ance E. Riley, 35, all of 875 Mann Avenue, and Jessica Morgan’s brother, Jeremy Morgan, 28, whose address was listed as 768 Mann Ave.
The charges against Campbell, Jessica Morgan, Sandlin and Riley were filed on Tuesday, January 11, in Scott Circuit Court; Jeremy Morgan’s charges were filed the same day in Superior Court.
Campbell faces the most criminal charges, 18 in all, which include a Class B felony count of dealing in a narcotic drug and six Class D felonies of possession of a controlled substance; one D felony of possession of a narcotic drug; five D felonies of possession of a legend drug or precursor; one Class D felony of maintaining a common nuisance; one Class D felony of possession of a syringe; two Class A misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana; and a Class A misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Riley and Sandlin’s charges are identical: A Class B felony of dealing in a narcotic drug and a Class D felony of possession of a narcotic drug, six D felonies of possession of a controlled substance, five D felonies of possession of a legend drug or precursor;one D felony each of maintaining a common nuisance and possession of a syringe; and Class A misdemeanors each of possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
As the mother of two young children, Jessica Morgan was charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent, Class C felonies, as well as the same charges as Riley and Sandlin.
Her brother has been charged with a count each of possession of a controlled substance, a D felony, and visiting a common nuisance, A Class B misdemeanor.
Officers served their search warrant for the home at 875 Mann Avenue early that Friday afternoon.
Two officers went to the home’s front door and announced their presence and the service of the warrant.
Since no one answered the door immediately, and sounds as if someone was running through the house were heard, the order was given to break down the door, and the officers entered.
Det. Noble said Campbell was found in the kitchen. Jessica Morgan was located between the kitchen and master bedroom, while her brother was found in the master bedroom. Riley was lying on the couch in the living room, and Sandlin was located in another bedroom, where he was lying on a bed.
After the search warrant was read to the group, police began their search. Campbell was found to have a baggie of marijuana on his person, the affidavit related. A woman’s wallet was located in the master bedroom that contained over $2,500 in cash, a small portion of which could be identified as “buy” money distributed by the local police through undercover operations. Three money orders were also found in the amounts of $20, 40 and $50.
A plastic bottle found in what was apparently a child’s bedroom contained 25 tablets each of Hydromorphone Hydrochloride and Oxycontin and 150 tablets of Oxycodone, all Schedule 2 controlled substances.
Three medicine bottles were discovered in another bedroom that were labeled for an individual who was not present in the home. Those contained 96, 161 and 75 pills of three prescription medicines. Additionally, four Lidocaine patches and ten potassium chloride tablets were seized as evidence as were five syringes, a pill cutter, a homemade wooden pipe and another prescription bottle containing 88 Carisoprodol tablets, a generic form of the drug Soma.
What stunned officers the most, however, was the location of another batch of pills and tablets: Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Oxymorphone Hydrochloride, Oxycodone Hydrochloride and Opana, all Schedule 2 controlled substances, as well as a few pills of Buprenorphine/Naloxone, a Schedule 3 controlled substance, were found in a bottle in a bin filled with children’s toys.

An officer also found a baggy of apparent marijuana that weighed 24 grams in the pocket of a child’s green camo vest. The vest was hanging in the master bedroom’s closet.
An assortment of jewelry, 13 cell phones and seven knives is also part of the seized evidence.
One of Jessica Morgan’s children, a small boy, was found asleep at the home. Child Protective Services was notified, and the child was handed over to a grandparent.
As officers began preparing to leave the residence with the suspects, Jessica Morgan Campbell and Riley allegedly stated that they did not live there. It was noted in the probable cause affidavit that, when a robbery was reported at the home in late November, all had advised that the address was their residence. Sandlin reportedly said he was living there.
Jessica Morgan also purportedly stated that all of the pills and marijuana belonged to Sandlin; Sandlin did not respond when asked to verify her statement, Det. Noble related.
During the booking process at the Scott County Security Center in Scottsburg, Jeremy Morgan allegedly surrendered 20 Vicodine tablets to a jailer. Vicodine is a Schedule 3 controlled substance.
The Morgans are being represented by an attorney. Initial hearings for each were scheduled in Circuit and Superior Courts, respectively, on January 11, and not guilty pleas were entered.
Jessica Morgan’s jury trial has been scheduled for May 2; her brother’s trial is set for March 28. Jeremy Morgan’s bond is $15,000 corporate surety or 10% cash. Jessica Morgan’s bond, as well as those of Campbell, Riley and Sandlin, is set at $75,000 corporate surety or full cash.
Hence Campbell’s trial date is May 2, while Sandlin’s is May 6, and Riley’s is May 9.
All three was provided with the services of a public defender by Judge Roger Duvall.

 

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