Needleman client indicted on new drug charges
Court records show a 36-year-old man has been indicted by federal prosecutors on two counts of drug distribution, charges that may be fallout from his claims that one of his attorneys was involved in the drug trade.
Jose Joaquin Morales was indicted on Sept. 14, and the charges were unsealed this week. The upshot of the case is unclear - the indictment doesn't go into details of his alleged crimes beyond that the drug dealing occurred in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Texas - but according to various accounts in the CityPaper, the case seems to have been building.
Morales was sentenced to 262 months - or about 22 years - in federal prison by a federal judge in Texas after pleading guilty to charges that he was trying to charter a jet to transport drugs to Baltimore from McAllen, Tex. In that case, a woman identified as his girlfriend, Tiffany Frey, admitted to authorities that she helped smuggle cocaine into Baltimore inside a maternity dress.
The CityPaper reported that Morales tried to tie one of his old attorneys, Stanley Needleman, to the drug trade. At his sentencing hearing in March 2010, federal prosecutors said claims regarding Needleman were baseless. "...We spent four days debriefing Mr. Morales, only just basically to realize that he'd been lying almost the entire time."
But in April, federal agents raided Needleman's home and law office, where they found $1 million in cash stuffed into a safe. Needleman was charged through criminal information on Aug. 16, and pleaded guilty to tax evasion on Sept. 1. Morales was indicted two weeks later.
Calls to Morales' attorney were not immediately returned. He is charged in the case along with a woman named Terry L. Sadler, a woman who state court records indicate he has sparred with over child support and paternity.