A Joppa man convicted of being a drug kingpin in the sale of marijuana in Harford County was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison, with half of that sentence suspended.
Harold Junior Morris, 30, of the 2000 block of Mountain Road, was convicted April 19 in Harford County Circuit Court of being a drug kingpin, possessing more than 50 pounds of marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, distribution of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to court records. He was found not guilty of importing drugs into the state.
He was also sentenced Friday to five years on the count of possessing more than 50 pounds of a controlled dangerous substance and 5 years for the conspiracy to distribute charge, although the latter sentence was fully suspended, according to electronic court records.
Those sentences are to run concurrently to his prison time for the kingpin charge.
The sentence sends the correct message, State’s Attorney Al Peisinger said.
“Everybody thinks marijuana is not a problem and it is, it’s a huge problem,” he said. “That was about $2 million worth of poison in our county.”
Tally sheets, or business papers, found in the home where Morris and his girlfriend, Sherrie Lyn Miller, lived, showed they had an additional 150 pounds, Peisinger said.
Miller, 28, who is facing the same charges, has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to stand trial Aug. 28 in Harford County Circuit Court.
In November 2016, the Harford County Narcotics Task Force began an investigation following a tip that Morris was distributing large amounts of high-grade marijuana in and around Harford County.
After several weeks of surveillance, the Task Force, with the assistance of Baltimore County narcotics detectives and the Drug Enforcement Administration, executed state court-ordered search and seizure warrants at a storage facility in the 900 block of Pulaski Highway in Joppa, Morris' home on Mountain Road, and his bank accounts, police said.