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Florida Man Sentenced To 10 Years For Selling Methamphetamine And Possessing A Firearm As Convicted Felon

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle today sentenced Cecil Hickox (46, Hillard) to 10 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Hickox had pleaded guilty on April 13, 2022.

According to court documents, on September 11, 2019, Hickox sold 27 grams of 100% pure methamphetamine to a law enforcement confidential informant. The next day, Hickox facilitated the sale of a firearm to an undercover law enforcement officer. Less than two weeks later, on September 25, 2019, Hickox sold an undercover law enforcement officer 110 grams of 99% pure methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by a multi-agency task force through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply. Agencies involved in this OCDETF operation include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Charlie D. Connally. 

Updated July 13, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses