Former high school baseball player to be sentenced for selling pot

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Arthur Paul Morales III

REXBURG — A former Madison High School baseball player is set to be sentenced in January after changing his plea in a drug case.

Arthur Paul Morales III, 18, was arrested on drug charges in May, along with another former Madison High School baseball player. Morales was arrested on two felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Morales was scheduled to go before a jury this month as he originally pleaded not guilty to the charges, but he changed his plea to guilty Nov. 13, canceling the trial.

As part of a plea agreement, two of Morales’ charges were dismissed, and he will now be sentenced on one felony count of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance. Morales could face up to five years in prison and a fine up to $15,000 for the crime.

Court documents show Morales made arrangements with a criminal informant to sell $500 worth of marijuana at a prearranged location in Rexburg. Morales gave the informant some 30.9 grams of raw marijuana for $250. Another exchanged happened the next day, where Morales gave the informant some 28.5 grams of raw marijuana for another $250. Both transactions were monitored by police.

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Another suspect involved during the time of Morales case. He was an 18-year-old who was arrested on one misdemeanor possession of marijuana. EastIdahoNews.com did not name the suspect, as we typically do not report on misdemeanor marijuana arrests.

Morales will be sentenced Jan. 8.

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