Amarillo Police Arrest Two on Drug Charges After Foot Chase

AMARILLO -- Early Tuesday morning, Amarillo Police were patrolling the 1200 block of N Monroe on a follow up to an earlier incident. 

Upon arrival the officer observed Montray Bernard Morgan, 30, and Amir Kariem, 32, sitting in a white Cadillac. As the officer approached the vehicle on foot he observed the two to make furtive movements as if they were trying to hide something from the officer. Both occupants then got out and took off running from the officer and refused commands to stop. 

Kariem was seen throwing a clear plastic bag as he ran. The bag contained 8 individual packaged baggies of marijuana and 2 individual bags of cocaine.

When Morgan fled on foot, he dropped a metal object from his hands that hit the ground and the officer was able to determine that it was a black handgun of some type. 

The officer continued chasing Morgan and was able to take him into custody after a very short foot chase. 

Additional officers arriving assisted in arresting the passenger in the area of 500 NW 15th. 

Morgan was found to have an outstanding warrant for Aggravated Robbery and was arrested for the warrant and for Evading Arrest/Detention. While transporting Morgan to the jail, he attempted to hide a small bag of what is believed to be cocaine in the back seat of the patrol car. Morgan was booked into Potter County Correction Center on the warrant, evading charge and with Possession of a Controlled Substance more than 1 gram less than 4 grams. 
Kariem was arrested and booked into Potter County on charges Manufacturing/Delivery of a Controlled Substance penalty group 1, Evading Arrest/Detention with previous conviction, Possession of Marijuana, and 4 local JP warrants. 

The handgun that was dropped by the driver was later found to be a BB gun. The BB gun was photographed and booked as evidence.

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