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Detroit Man Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Drug Trafficking Resulting in an Overdose Death

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Detroit man, Shannon D. Hixon, 43, was sentenced to life in federal prison on Friday, by Chief U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves, after previously being convicted of conspiring to distribute oxycodone and fentanyl, and distribution of fentanyl resulting in an overdose death.        

Hixon was convicted at trial, in July 2019. According to the evidence, Hixon supplied thousands of Oxycodone 30 mg tablets to two individuals in Lexington, which were then transported to Morehead, Kentucky (Rowan County) and Salyersville, Kentucky (Magoffin County), and sold to local dealers and drug users. Additionally, the evidence established that Hixon had supplied heroin and fentanyl to a group of users in Lexington, which included supplying a lethal quantity of fentanyl that was distributed to K.F., an Army veteran in rehab, causing K.F.’s overdose death.

Hixon has a prior conviction for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance First Degree, imposed by the Fayette Circuit Court, in May 2004.         

“The defendant, and other drug dealers who illegally distribute opioids, help fuel addictions and spread misery and death. Our Office has no greater priority than holding drug traffickers, particularly repeat offenders like the defendant, accountable for their criminal conduct. Because of his prior drug trafficking conviction, and because his drug dealing caused an overdose death, the defendant will spend the rest of his life in prison,” said Robert M. Duncan Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “The sentence imposed should send a clear message – if you are of convicted of dealing drugs and causing a death you face a substantial punishment for your actions. We remain committed, along with our law enforcement partners, in pursuing these important cases to help vindicate the interests of the victims’ families and keep our communities safe.”   

United States Attorney Duncan; Daniel Dodds, Acting Special Agent in Charge, DEA Louisville Field Division; Chief Derrick Blevins, Morehead Police Department; and Chief Lawrence Weathers, Lexington Police Department, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by the DEA, Morehead Police Department, and the Lexington Police Department. The United States was represented in the case by Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger W. West.

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Updated December 6, 2019

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