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

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Oldsmar Man Sentenced To Prison For Oxycodone Distribution

Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced Rick Higgins (33, Oldsmar) to two years and nine months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone. In addition, he was ordered to serve a 3-year term of supervision, following his incarceration. As part of the sentence, the court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $239,000, the proceeds of his Oxycodone distribution.

Higgins pleaded guilty on October 16, 2013.

According to court documents, over a period of two to three years, Higgins used the U.S. mail to send packages of Oxycodone to a co-conspirator in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Higgins received payments of over $239,000 from cash bank deposits made in Massachusetts, into accounts that he controlled. 

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelley C. Howard-Allen.

Updated January 26, 2015