Man gets drug diversion program |

Man gets drug diversion program

Staff Reports

A 28-year-old California man was granted a diversion Tuesday, which if successful, means he will not have a felony drug conviction on his record.

District Judge Tod Young complimented Morgan Stogner for his efforts to come to terms with his addiction.

Stogner faced up to six years in Nevada state prison and a $20,000 fine after he pleaded guilty to sales of a controlled substance.

Stogner, of Redwood Shores, Calif., was arrested July 7, 2012, with several small bags of cocaine and a bag containing several 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.

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 at the jail.

Deputy’s then searched the back seat of the patrol car Stogner was transported in, and found five additional 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, and the state dismissed additional charges of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance for sale.

His attorney, Joey Gilbert of Reno, filed a notice of election for treatment.

Gilbert said Tuesday his client had attended 67 12-step meetings in the past 55 days, and was undergoing counseling.

“You did what I told you to do. It was a good decision,” Young said.

“I think he was about as proactive as he could be,” Gilbert said.

Stogner said he wanted to obtain a real estate license, and would be unable if he had a felony record.

“I want to show you that I am very sincere about changing my life. My main goal is to get a real estate license, and I can’t with a felony record. I’d like to remove it as soon as possible,” Stogner said.

Young said Stogner was responsible for monthly progress reports to be sent to the court.

He ordered Stogner to return to court on Aug. 27.