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      Morphine case heads to higher court

      The case of the Gladstone man facing a felony drug charge is headed to a higher court. Tuesday was a continuation of a preliminary exam for 21-year-old Mark Hart.

      Hart is charged with possession with intent to deliver morphine. Witnesses testified, back in November of 2007, that Hart sent money out of state for morphine, using the alias Mark Waldrop.

      Prior to the package arriving, the witness says she went to police. However, the defense says the witness was under the influence of drugs at the time and had an altercation with Hart, motivating her to lie to police.

      Despite the argument, the judge felt there was sufficient evidence to bind the case to Circuit Court.

      "In any event, a phone call was made, what she overheard say, what the defendant indicates the money is on the way," said Judge Glenn Pearson, "as the package was to be delivered by FedEx. That package was intercepted, and it contained the controlled substance morphine."

      Last month, Hart was sentenced to eight months in jail on larceny and absconding charges. He remains lodged in the Delta County Jail.