-Press Release, U.S. Dept. of Justice
United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that KACEY HICKS, 34, of Henderson, North Carolina was convicted in federal court following a 2-day trial before Chief United States District Judge Terrance W. Boyle. The jury heard evidence that HICKS kept a residence in the Flint Hill neighborhood of Henderson. After receiving a complaint regarding drug activity at that residence, law enforcement conducted an investigation which led to a search warrant of the premises, where HICKS was found hiding under a bed in close physical proximity to a firearm.
Officers seized distributable quantities of cocaine and marijuana, ammunition, two additional firearms, drug paraphernalia, and US currency during the course of their search. The jury found HICKS guilty of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana; felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition; and maintaining a dwelling for drug distribution.
HICKS faces a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment followed by no less than 3 years of supervised release on the drug counts, and a maximum sentence 2 of 10 years imprisonment followed by no more than 3 years of supervised release on the firearm count.
This case was brought using the Take Back North Carolina Initiative of The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Henderson Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). Assistant United States Attorneys Thomas Crosby and Laura Howard handled the prosecution of this case for the government.