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Fentanyl, weapons found in house with young child

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Darnell Morgan

A Dickinson man and woman have been charged with keeping controlled substances and weapons in a house with a young child.

Darnell Morgan, 22, and Alexis Hickory, 20, appeared before Judge Dann Greenwood in Stark County District Court Wednesday on multiple charges.

Morgan was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class A felony, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a short-barrel weapon, both Class C felonies, and endangerment of a child, also a Class C felony.

Hickory was charged with maintaining a dwelling for using controlled substances, a Class C felony, criminal facilitation and possession of a controlled substance, Class A misdemeanors, and endangerment of a child, also a Class C felony.

Dickinson Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance call Monday at Hickory's home, and a search warrant executed by Southwest Narcotics Task Force discovered multiple weapons and drugs in the residence.

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"Within that home they found I think four firearms total, one of them being the short-barreled shotgun. They also found 22 bundles of a substance that tested as fentanyl, which would breakdown to about 220 individual doses," Assistant State's Attorney Amanda Engelstad said.

In North Dakota, a Class A felony carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail and/or a $20,000 fine, and fees totaling $1,025. A Class C felony carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail, a $10,000 fine or both, and $525 in fees. A Class A misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of 360 days in jail and $3,000 in fines.

Bond was set at $50,000 cash for Morgan. Engelstad said the high amount is warranted.

"These are serious felonies," Engelstad said. "Not only do you have a dangerous and large amount of controlled substances, you have firearms involved and a young child at the house."

Though Morgan does not have an extensive criminal history, there is a chance of flight because of the seriousness of the charges.

Morgan protested the bond and the claim.

"I'm not a flight risk! My whole family is here!" he said. "I have nowhere else to go!"

Greenwood upheld recommendation.

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"When a charge is made for a Class A felony, it carries a significant risk of flight because of the severity of the offense," he said. "Some significant bond is necessary."

Engelstad recommended $5,000 cash bond for Hickory.

"Miss Hickory was present, and it was her home, where the guns and drugs were found," she said. "Her young child was present in the home."

Though Hickory has different charges than Morgan, Engelstad said those may be amended or new criminal charges added later.

"The charges are serious," Engelstad said, "and the allegations underlying those charges are incredibly serious, as well."

Greenwood set bond at $1,500 cash, calling the amount "appropriate" as Hickory does not pose a flight risk and has no previous criminal history.

"This case is significantly different from the companion case," he said. "I think the court has to at least consider alternatives."

Morgan is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 20, and Hickory is scheduled to appear on Jan. 13, both at Stark County Courthouse.

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Alexis Hickory

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