Search warrants lead to drug charges; 20 grams of meth, 4.9 pounds of marijuana allegedly found in residence

Published 8:11 am Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Terry Lee Morgan, 64, of Austin was charged on Friday in Mower County District Court with felony fifth-degree drug possession, gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI-under the influence of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of over 1.4 grams of marijuana in a motor vehicle.

Terry Lee Morgan, 64

He received additional charges on Monday for felony first-degree drugs-sale of 17 grams or more of methamphetamine, felony second-degree drugs-sale of 10 grams or more of a narcotic other than heroin and felony fourth-degree drugs-sale of marijuana in a park zone.

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According to the court complaint, a Mower County deputy initiated a traffic stop on Morgan’s vehicle on Thursday on North Park Avenue in Mapleview. The deputy was assisting in a search warrant and located two plastic bags of methamphetamine (containing 3.91 grams and 1.69 grams) on Morgan’s person and 21.91 grams of marijuana in the vehicle. He also noticed Morgan had constricted pupils, had fast hand movements and was grinding his teeth, indicating that he was possibly under the influence of a controlled substance. After he failed several field sobriety tests, Morgan was arrested and the deputy obtained a warrant for a urine sample.

A Mower County detective executed a search warrant at 11:20 a.m. on Friday at Morgan’s residence in the 800 block of Second Avenue Northeast in Austin, located within 300 feet of a city park. The complaint states that law enforcement found the following:

• Approximately 20 grams of methamphetamine;

• Approximately 4.9 pounds of marijuana;

• Digital scale and zip-top bags for packaging drugs;

• Miscellaneous drug paraphernalia; and

• Marijuana growing equipment from an active growing operation

A review of Morgan’s criminal record shows prior convictions for DWI and terroristic threats.

Morgan will appear in court again on Nov. 1.