A 28-year-old California man faces up to six years in Nevada state prison and a $20,000 fine after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to sales of a controlled substance.
District Judge Tod Young set sentencing May 28 for Morgan Stogner of Redwood Shores, Calif.
Stogner was arrested July 7, 2012, after deputies found several small bags of cocaine and a bag containing Ecstasy pills.
Deputies were dispatched to Harrah’s Lake Tahoe about 11:30 p.m. July 6 after security staff found a small bag of what was believed to be cocaine in Stogner’s right front coin pocket, according to a deputy’s report.
When deputies contacted Stogner, he admitted the cocaine was his and said he did not have any other drugs in his possession, according to the report.
After being taken to Douglas County’s Stateline jail facility, deputies allegedly located another small bag of cocaine on Stogner and a third bag of cocaine believed to be Stogner’s at the jail.
Deputies then searched the back seat of the patrol car Stogner was taken to jail in, and found five small bags of cocaine and a bag containing eight Ecstasy pills, according to the report.
At his arrest, Stogner denied knowledge of the additional bags and asked for a lawyer. Stogner had $1,190 at the time of the arrest, according to the report.
In a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office, Stogner agreed to forfeit the money. In exchange for his guilty plea, the state will dismiss charges of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance for sale.
His attorney, Joey Gilbert of Reno, filed a notice of election for treatment which means Stogner could get 1-to-3 years probation involving court-approved substance abuse treatment.
If successful, the conviction could be set aside.
Young reminded Stogner that it was the judge’s decision as to the sentence.
Young asked for a presentence investigation.
He told Stogner that the defendant’s behavior prior to sentencing would bear weight on his decision.
“On a sales charge, you need to know there is every probability you’re going to prison,” Young said. “You need to make sure you’ve been clean — not using or drinking — and going to every (12-step or counseling) session that’s available. I am going to see what your level of sincerity is.”