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UPDATE: 2 Men Headed to Prison on Heroin-Related Charges

By: Jeremy Edwards; The Associated Press Email
By: Jeremy Edwards; The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 5/24/13 @ 9:30 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Two men who tried to flee police during a traffic stop in Charleston have been sentenced to federal prison on heroin-related charges.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 36-year-old Stephen Michael Hopkins of Huntington was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Charleston to 12 years and seven months in prison. A co-defendant, 32-year-old Eddie Daivon Morgan of Beckley, received a four-year prison term Wednesday.

Goodwin says Hopkins and Morgan were inside a parked car in March 2011. After an officer ordered them to step out of the vehicle, Hopkins drove off but eventually crashed. Both suspects were arrested a short time later. A search found more than $10,920 in cash, heroin, marijuana, and a cell phone belonging to Morgan.



UPDATE 1/31/13 @ 12 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a police chase and drug bust that happened in Charleston in March 2011.

Stephen Michael Hopkins, 36, of Huntington, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Hopkins was arrested on March 16, 2011.

Charleston Police responded to a call near the 2600 block of 6th Avenue. They found Hopkins and Eddie Morgan in a parked vehicle. When he was asked to step out of the vehicle, Hopkins turned it on an drove off, leading police on a chase.

Hopkins lost control of his vehicle and crashed at the intersection of 7th Street and Iowa Street.

He and Morgan ran away, but were caught a short time later.

Officers found $10,920 in cash, 26.2 grams of heroin, and marijuana in the vehicle.

Hopkins faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced in May.

On January 24, Eddie Morgan also made a plea deal. He admitted to aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin. He will be sentenced in April.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/17/11
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- What started out as a burglary call in Charleston, ended with two men leading police on a chase and officers finding a lot of drugs.

Police say they were called to 6th Avenue Wednesday night around 9:00 after someone called and said there was a break-in happening.

Investigators say Stephen Hopkins and Eddie Morgan were in a car outside of the location.

As officers tried to ask them what they were doing, they took off, according to a news release.

The chase ended when they crashed into a tree at the corner of 7th Avenue and Iowa Street.

Police say they found a large amount of heroin, marijuana and more than $11,000 in cash.

Hopkins and Morgan are charged with possession of controlled substances with the intent to deliver.

Hopkins was also charged with robbery and kidnapping because of warrants filed in Cabell County.


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