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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Auburndale Man Sentenced To 8 Years’ Imprisonment For Methamphetamine Offense

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday today sentenced Edward W. Prickett (53, Auburndale) to eight years in federal prison for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it. 

Prickett had pleaded guilty on November 26, 2019.

According to court documents, on August 22, 2019, Prickett was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over by an officer with the Lake Wales Police Department. As the officer approached the vehicle, he saw Prickett attempting to conceal a green bag under the dashboard. The officer called for a narcotics detection dog, which alerted positively to the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and recovered the green bag, which contained approximately 182 grams of methamphetamine that had been packaged for distribution.

This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lake Wales Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Callan L. Albritton.

This investigation is also the result of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) program. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply.

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 11, 2020