News Release
October 22, 2008
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
Number: 404-893-7124

Drug Trafficker Pleads Guilty to Possessing with Intent to
Distribute Over 900 Pounds of Marijuana

OCT 22-- RALEIGH, NC - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today PHILLIP MORGAN, 44, of Creedmoor, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, to possession with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1), which carries a maximum penalty of up to 40 years imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release and a maximum fine or up to $2,000,000.

On September 4, 2008, a Criminal Information was filed. On August 14, 2007, a Granville County Sheriff’s Deputy was on patrol on US Hwy 15 in Creedmoor, North Carolina, when he stopped MORGAN’s vehicle for speeding. MORGAN appeared very nervous which made the deputy suspicious. Consent to search the car was asked for and given. During the search, nine cardboard boxes containing 901 pounds of marijuana were found. MORGAN then admitted to traveling to Laredo, Texas to pick-up the marijuana for another individual and was to be paid $15,000 to pick-up and deliver the marijuana to a residence in Oxford, North Carolina.

Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the DEA Atlanta Field Division (AFD) said of the guilty plea, “Marijuana is a dangerous drug that poses a clear and present danger to the community. Because of the collective efforts of our local, state and federal law enforcement counterparts, this defendant was brought justice.”

United States Attorney George Holding commented, “The quick work of a well-trained local law enforcement officer uncovered this crime. We commend the deputy for this vigilance. Had he not been as vigilant, this crime would have gone undetected.”

MORGAN’S co-defendant, Fernando Michael NUNEZ, pled guilty on October 6, 2008. Investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Granville County Sheriff’s Office and the Creedmoor Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.

SAC Benson of the DEA AFD encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at and takes you directly to the Diversion Control and Prescription Drugs link.