Two men who tried to run from Charleston police in a vehicle that held heroin and more than $10,000 in cash will serve time in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver sentenced Stephen Michael Hopkins, 36, of Huntington, to 12 years and seven months. His accomplice, Eddie Daivon Morgan, 32, of Beckley, was sentenced Wednesday to four years.
Hopkins pleaded guilty in January to aiding and abetting the possession of heroin with intent to distribute, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Morgan pleaded guilty to using a cellphone to facilitate the drug deals.
Charleston police responded March 16, 2011 to the 2600 block of Sixth Avenue where they found Hopkins and Morgan sitting inside a parked Dodge Charger. An officer ordered them out of the vehicle, but they refused and Hopkins drove away.
Officers pursued. Hopkins lost control of the Dodge and crashed at the intersection of Seventh and Iowa streets. The men tried to flee on foot but officers caught them.
A search of the Dodge turned up a plastic bag containing $10,920 in cash, 26.6 grams of heroin, and marijuana under the driver's seat. They also seized Morgan's cellphone where they found text messages to various individuals saying he had "dog food" for sale.
Authorities said "dog food" is a term used for heroin.
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