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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Career Offender Sentenced To 17 Years For Distributing Heroin And Violating Supervised Release

Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Willie D. Hayden (33, Cape Coral) to 17 years in federal prison for distributing a controlled substance, possessing with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, and violating his supervised release. 

Hayden had pleaded guilty on May 8, 2019, and he admitted to violating the conditions of his supervised release on November 12, 2019.

According to court documents, on two separate occasions, in August and October 2018, while on supervised release, Hayden sold heroin to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. In November 2018, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Hayden’s residence and seized 10.4 grams of heroin packaged in 29 separate baggies.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Trent Reichling.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated November 14, 2019