Christopher Mathis, 36, a/k/a "Monk" and "Monkey Man", and Willie James Morgan, 34, a/k/a "Weazel" and "Wezzie," both of the Panama City area, were sentenced today to 360 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Morgan was also sentenced to a concurrent term of 120 months in prison for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.
Mathis and Morgan were charged, along with ten co-defendants, for their participation in a conspiracy to distribute more than 200 kilograms of cocaine between January 2011 and February 2012. Evidence introduced during their jury trial last September established that Mathis and Monk were local distributors in a drug organization headed by Freddie Lee Christopher Knowles IV. Knowles was obtaining kilogram quantities of cocaine on a weekly basis from a Texas source of supply. Knowles and his girlfriend, Candis Marshae Walker, would travel to Mississippi to pick up the cocaine and would deliver payment to couriers there, including David Isaac Rucker. Knowles would break the cocaine into smaller quantities and Walker would deliver it to his distributors in Panama City, including Mathis, Morgan, John Jerome Fagin, Willie Lamar Potter, Vincent M. Brown, Jimmie Lee Aikens, Jr., Jason Apollo Broxton, Troy Anthony Coleman, and Tommy Chin Van Duong.
All ten of Mathis and Morgan's codefendants have entered guilty pleas. Five have been sentenced as follows: Potter was sentenced to 72 months in prison; Brown to 78 months in prison; Aikens to 180 months; Coleman to 210 months; and Duong to 240 months. Knowles, Walker, Fagin, Broxton, and David Isaac Rucker are awaiting sentencing.
During the investigation, law enforcement seized approximately eight kilograms of cocaine and crack, over $300,000 in United States currency, nine vehicles, one assault rifle, ten handguns, and a bullet proof vest.
Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, praised the work of DEA, ATF, Homeland Security Investigations, FDLE, the Panama City Police Department, the Bay County Sheriff's Office, and the Mississippi Highway Patrol, whose joint investigation led to the convictions and sentences. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Risinger is prosecuting the case.