Anti-violence worker (and convicted murderer) gets 4 years for selling gun, cocaine to Chicago cop

Miguel Morales | Chicago Police Department; Chicago Public Schools

CHICAGO — Miguel Morales, a convicted murderer, Safe Passage worker, and gang intervention worker, has been sentenced to four years in prison for selling cocaine and a gun to an undercover Chicago cop during a long-term police investigation.

Morales, 50, pleaded guilty to manufacture-delivery of cocaine and selling a firearm without a valid Firearm Owner’s ID card before Judge Carol Howard, according to court records. She handed him four years on the drug charge and a concurrent one-year sentence for the gun count.

Police were conducting a “complex” narcotics investigation on the South Side in late 2022 when Morales sold the undercover officer 30 grams of cocaine for $1,200 before reporting for his shift as a Safe Passage worker, prosecutors alleged. They said the cop bought cocaine from Morales “several” other times during the investigation.

Then, on January 20, 2023, Morales allegedly accompanied an undercover cop to an illegal gun sale. Prosecutors said he remained on the phone with the officer while the cop entered another car to purchase the weapon from Sergio Gomez, 52, for $1,000 cash.

Attorneys who represented the men said they work for the same anti-violence program as community liaisons and gang intervention workers. Gomez was convicted of murder in 1994 and received a 40-year sentence. Morales was convicted of murder in 1993 and received a 45-year sentence.

Gomez continues to fight the allegations in court. He is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and selling a firearm without a valid FOID card.

Morales is scheduled to be paroled on December 22, 2025, after serving half of his four-year sentence.

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