A Criminal Court jury on Wednesday convicted Jonesboro resident Corey Young, 42, on two felony counts each of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to manufacture, deliver or sell, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony.
Young earlier pled guilty to two felony counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun. He has seven prior felony convictions and is on parole for a drug conviction in Texas. He also has a pending drug case in Arkansas.
Young is being held without bond and faces 18 to 49 years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 17 by Judge W. Mark Ward.
On Jan. 14 last year, detectives from the Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit prepared to conduct a safety check for illegal weapons and narcotics on a Megabus from Dallas as it arrived at the MATA Bus Station in the 3900 block of American Way.
As officers were about to board the bus, Young ran from his seat at the rear of the bus to the upper deck, leaving behind a black Polo carry-on bag which contained four freezer bags of methamphetamine and two handguns, one of which was stolen.
When officers inquired who owned the bag, several passengers indicated it belonged to the passenger, later identified as Young, wearing a red coat with gold glitter who had just run upstairs.
While detectives were questioning Young, the driver of a red Dodge Challenger that he said was there to pick him up drove off without him. Young was released after he denied owning the bag, but he was later arrested after further investigation showed that he boarded the bus with the bag in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The case was handled by Felony Assistants Stacy McEndree and Paige Munn of the District Attorney’s Vertical Team 6 which handles cases from General Sessions Division 15 and Criminal Court Division 10.