NV: Humboldt County D.A.: Winnemucca Police detective stole drugs from evidence vault

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The June 25, 2020 death of Detective Morgan of the Winnemucca Police Department was due to an overdose of fentanyl and methamphetamine.

WINNEMUCCA, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — The Humboldt County District Attorney’s office, along with the Sheriff’s Department released the final report into the criminal action of a Winnemucca Police Detective. The investigation found that Detective Matthew Morgan stole illegal drugs from the evidence vault at the Winnemucca Police department.

According to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office, the June 25, 2020 death of Detective Morgan of the Winnemucca Police Department was due to an overdose of fentanyl and methamphetamine.

A report prepared by the D.A.’s office, along with the Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, NMS Labs , Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Division and Winnemucca Police Department, confirmed that the cause of death was not due to a suicide or that anyone else was involved prior to Morgan’s death.

An investigation showed that in the morning hours of June 25, Morgan attempted to buy or acquire illegal drugs, specifically cocaine, through text messages with another individual.

Later the same day, Morgan texted the same individual “I think I can get some as well.”

At approximately 2:14 p.m., Morgan was found in the evidence vault of the Winnemucca Police Department unresponsive and not breathing.

Shortly thereafter, he was pronounced dead and an autopsy was conducted by the Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office and toxicology was performed by NMS Labs concluding his death was by a drug overdose.

A plastic bag containing a white powdery substance, later determined to be fentanyl, was also found in his front pants pocket after his death.

During an investigation, the sheriff’s office examined 1,486 evidence envelopes containing controlled substances and/or paraphernalia for any signs of tampering. In many cases, the original case files were also reviewed to determine what evidence was placed in the envelope, when the envelope was opened and why the envelope was opened.

The sheriff’s office found that evidence in four cases of the Winnemucca Police Department had been tampered with.

The investigation also revealed that Morgan was responsible for the tampering and that he acted alone with no other officers or employees of the Winnemucca Police Department having knowledge of his actions.

Last November a News 4 investigation revealed that the Humboldt County District Attorney and the Winnemucca Police Department were reworking their cases after Morgan’s death.. How he died is also raising questions about whether his pending cases can continue.

Had Detective Morgan survived, he would have faced multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, according the the Humboldt County District Attorney.

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