Man sentenced to six years for selling narcotics

Nicholas Morris | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

State District Judge Larry Gist of the Drug Impact Court of Jefferson County accepted a jury verdict Nov. 15, sentencing Nicholas Roy Morris, 28, to six years in prison, Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced.

Port Arthur narcotics detectives received information on Aug. 10, 2016 that Nicholas Morris was selling narcotics from his car in the 1300 block of 8th street.

Once law enforcement officers arrived on the scene, Morris was arrested for outstanding warrants. As Morris was placed into custody, officers detected the odor of marijuana emitting from Morris’ vehicle.

A search of the vehicle revealed suspected crack cocaine located both on the driver’s side floorboard, as well as the center console of the vehicle. The evidence was sent to the Jefferson County Regional Crime Lab, which confirmed that the substance was cocaine, weighing over six grams.

Morris was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Because of his prior convictions, Morris faced a first-degree felony punishment range of five to 99 years or life in prison. The 12 person jury deliberated for an hour before returning a verdict of six years.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Criminal District Attorneys Christopher Cadena and Robert Scott.

- Jefferson County District Attorney's Office