Man stopped in Calcasieu Parish pleads guilty to possessing stolen mail

LAFAYETTE (AP) — A 50-year-old man from Georgia has pleaded guilty to possessing stolen U.S. mail.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said Tuesday that Terry Ulysses Morris, of Lithonia, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik.

Evidence shows authorities pulled Morris' vehicle over during a Jan. 18, 2012, traffic stop on Interstate 10 in Calcasieu Parish. A strong odor of marijuana prompted them to ask if they could search the car. After receiving permission, authorities found two sacks containing 216 U.S. Treasury checks that had not been cashed.

The checks were from Social Security Administration accounts with Georgia addresses. The checks' face value totaled $144,920.

Morris faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. A sentencing date has not been set.