SOLEDAD — An alleged member of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang who admitted to conspiring to sneak medications into Salinas Valley Point out Prison was sentenced Friday to 21 decades and 9 months, after pleading guilty to a federal offense, court docket data show.
Todd “Fox” Morgan, 54, admitted very last yr that he labored with other folks to sneak methamphetamine and heroin into the Soledad prison, in which he and two of his co-defendants were housed. The September 2020 system, which failed, associated directing the would-be smugglers to toss a package made up of the two medication above the prison’s fence, for the conspirators to retrieve the next morning.
Morgan was billed in November 2020 as portion of a large investigation aimed at the Aryan Brotherhood and a predominantly white gang identified as the Fresnecks. While he was a person of the direct defendants and experiencing significant costs, he was also among the to start with to plead responsible. The 262-month sentence was agreed up on by prosecutors and the defense, court data exhibit.
In a sentencing memo, prosecutors known as Morgan an Aryan Brotherhood member who gave the “green light” for a gang associate he’d sponsored, Kenneth Bash, to start off the smuggling plot. Employing contraband jail cellphones, they reviewed the smuggling plot, along with Marlon “P-Nut” Palmer, who was serving a daily life sentence at Salinas Valley for murdering a hydroponics retail outlet employee in 2014, a conviction Palmer is captivating.
On the night time of Sept. 24, 2020, the would-be smuggler, Joseph McWilliams, allegedly tried to throw a package of medication more than the prison’s walls, but got shed. The up coming working day, authorities pulled over the suspected smugglers and identified a pound of methamphetamine and four ounces of heroin, in accordance to prosecutors.
Morgan was serving a prison term for burglary and robbery for allegedly attacking a protection guard just after breaking into Santa Clara University in 2000. In 2009, he was convicted of assault for attacking a different inmate at Salinas Valley, and in 2014, the Californian, a Salinas-dependent newspaper, identified him as a suspect in an incident exactly where 4 inmates attacked two some others with knives, leaving a single lifeless and one particular injured.
Rates versus Bash, Palmer, McWilliams, and a host of other co-defendants in two federal indictments are even now pending.
The circumstances are a consequence of Operation Lucky Charm, a Fresno-dependent federal and condition procedure that came 18 months right after federal prosecutors in Sacramento charged practically two dozen alleged Aryan Brotherhood members and associates with prison drug smuggling, murder, and other offenses. The Sacramento case has a demo date established for March 2023, and up coming month a decide is set to hear arguments around a key protection competition — that the Sacramento jail has totally unsuccessful to preserve the defendants’ proper to private meetings with their lawyers.
1 of the co-defendants, Brant “Two Scoops” Daniel — who is accused of murdering a fellow inmate with a knife at the same Salinas Valley yard the place Bash, Morgan, and Palmer ended up held — has also alleged that officers at California Condition Jail, Sacramento, have similarly invaded his appropriate to personal conferences with counsel. His evidence, in element, consists of signed notes from prison staffers who claimed that they could hear his supposedly confidential attorney-customer conferences.