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USDOJ: St. Thomas Man N’kel Morton Gets Six Years in Prison for Doing A Drug Deal With A Gun Handy

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man learned today that he will serve six years in prison for having a gun handy during a drug deal.

N’kel Morton, 23, of Mariendahl, was sentenced to 72 months in prison for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett said.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez also sentenced Morton to three years of supervised release and 400 hours of community service, Hewlett said.

On March 10, 2017, Morton pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

According to the plea agreement filed in court, Morton admitted to distributing approximately one ounce of cocaine to an undercover agent in exchange for a Glock pistol on November 16, 2016.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Edwards.

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