Man charged with multiple drug crimes to serve no more jail time

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Daniel Roy Morris Jr.

HANCOCK COUNTY — An Indianapolis man facing multiple drug possession and intoxication charges had most of the charges dismissed against him from an incident in 2021 during a change of plea and sentencing hearing this week in Hancock County Circuit Court.

Court records show Daniel Roy Morris Jr., 32, 1834 Calhoun Street, Indianapolis was facing a Level 4 felony count of possession of methamphetamine, three different Level 6 felony charges including operating a vehicle while intoxicated — prior, possession of cocaine, possession of a syringe and six different misdemeanors, with the most serious crime carrying up to 12 years in prison.

However, during the change of plea and sentencing hearing, Thursday, June 8, all of the charges, but one were dismissed, according to court records. Morris was sentenced by Judge Scott Sirk, who accepted the plea deal for one of the Level 6 felonies, operating a vehicle while intoxicated — prior.

Morris was given a 730-day jail term with 694 days suspended. Morris received 36 days of jail credit. His driver license was suspended for a year, the court records show.

According to a probable cause affidavit, in May 2021, an officer from the Greenfield Police Department was dispatched to a property damage motor vehicle accident located at 2242 N. State Street — an accident where the caller advised one of the drivers appeared to be under the influence.

When the officer asked a man, later identified as Morris, for his identification from the accident, the officer noted, the man, who said he was driving his girlfriend’s car, was fumbling though his lottery tickets and cards attempting to locate his driver’s license and displaying poor manual dexterity. Officials noted a syringe was spotted in the vehicle Morris was driving, the affidavit said, so officials conducted a probable cause search.

Prosecutor Brent Eaton noted there was another person associated with this case indicating the drugs, which were in a bag, belonged to that other person who had also been in the girlfriend’s car which Morris was driving.

“We now believe the drugs belonged to that other person,” Eaton said. “All the drugs were on the passenger side of the car and when Morris didn’t have any drugs on him when he was searched.”

According to the affidavit, inside the vehicle multiple syringes were located, a gray powder which field tested positive for fentanyl was found; a plant-like material that field tested positive for THC was found as was a crystal like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a white powder that field tested positive for cocaine and yellow pills with the imprint R039 that were identified by drugs.com as alprazolam 2mg (schedule 4 controlled substance) along with blue pills with imprint 30 M that were identified by drugs.com as oxycodone hydrochloride 30mg, (a schedule 2 controlled substance).