Updated: July 30, 2020 06:01 PM
Created: July 30, 2020 06:59 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 44-year-old Carlos Trevon Morris made an appearance in federal court for the first time Wednesday. His case is being prosecuted as part of Operation Legend.
Morris is charged with felon in possession of a firearm.
"This case exemplifies the goals and aims of Operation Legend to make Albuquerque a safer place to live by reducing gun violence," said John Anderson, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico.
According to a criminal complaint, police found Morris when they responded to a deadly shooting at an apartment complex. Officers said he was attempting to move an unconscious man into a vehicle and had blood on his arms and clothes.
Police also said they found a bottle of bleach next to the vehicle and found a handgun on Morris. He was arrested and taken to a nearby hospital for a gunshot wound on his right arm.
Morris now faces 10 years in prison if convicted. His detention hearing is scheduled for July 31.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Albuquerque Police Department investigated the case.
When asked why this is case was part of Operation Legend, the U.S. Attorney's Office said, "This particular case was referred for federal prosecution by the ATF, following a referral to ATF by the Albuquerque Police Department homicide unit. Although the alleged crime occurred more than one month ago, this defendant was not facing any state charges at the time of his arrest on these federal charges.
The defendant is currently detained pending a detention hearing, which is set for tomorrow morning."
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