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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

October 20, 2010

Jim Letten, United States Attorney

Contact: Kathy English
(504) 680-3068
(504) 589-4978 (fax)

Leader of Drug Dealing Organization Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — KEWAYNE MORGAN, aka Duke aka Shorty aka Weezy, age 26, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana pled guilty today in federal court before U. S. District Judge Stanwood Duval to gun an drug charges arising out of his participating in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, powder cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to the factual basis, MORGAN admitted that he was the leader of an organization that distributed 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack), a quantity of cocaine hydrochloride, heroin, and marijuana. Since January, 2007, New Orleans Police Officers have arrested MORGAN and some of his associates for selling drugs at various addresses in the New Orleans area. Additionally, MORGAN admitted that he possessed firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities.

MORGAN faces a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Sentencing has been scheduled for February 16, 2010. MORGAN’s co-defendants have all pled guilty to their roles in the drug distribution conspiracy and are awaiting sentencing.

The case was investigated by the New Orleans Police Department, the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution is being handed by Assistant U. S. Attorney Maurice E. Landrieu, Jr.