Cow Palace raver cleared of drug sales charges, guilty of possession 

A 19-year-old Cow Palace raver who claimed to be holding 25 ecstasy pills for his scantily clad girlfriends was found guilty of drug possession but not drug sales Monday.

Samuel Warner Morgan, of Belmont, was arrested for selling two pills to an undercover female cop on May 23, 2009, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

He was high at the time of the arrest, police said.

Morgan’s attorney, Geoff Carr, claimed entrapment by the “attractive” undercover cop, prosecutors said. Carr claimed Morgan initially declined to sell to the officer, but after she followed him and persisted he finally gave in and sold her two pills at cost.



Morgan was not a dealer, but rather just holding all the pills for the group of “scantily clad” girls he was with, the defense claimed in court.

On Monday, the jury returned with verdicts of guilty for felony possession of drugs, and also guilty for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, Wagstaffe said.

But the jury deadlocked 9-3 for guilty on felony sale of drugs, and found Morgan not guilty of possessing drugs for sale.

Morgan remains out of custody on a $40,000 bail bond. He will next appear in court May 26, when the prosecution will decide whether to retry the deadlocked count. A sentencing date will also be determined on that day, Wagstaffe said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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