– A 36-year-old Vidor, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking
violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney
Brit Featherston today.
Hickey pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine
today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.
to information presented in court, on Jan. 17, 2017, law enforcement officers
observed Hickey meet with the driver of another vehicle in the parking lot of
the Wal-Mart in West Orange, Texas and then move to the Wendy’s parking
lot. Deputies observed what they believed to be a drug transaction
between the two drivers. The driver of the other vehicle was pulled over
and a drug dog was called to the scene. The dog gave a positive alert
signifying there were illegal drugs in the vehicle. A search revealed
approximately one ounce of methamphetamine in the console. The driver
advised that he had just received the methamphetamine from Hickey and that
Hickey had another eight ounces of marijuana in his vehicle. Hickey was
then stopped and a search of the vehicle revealed cash, a meth pipe,
approximately 12 ounces of methamphetamine, marijuana and other pills. A
search a Hickey’s residence in Vidor also revealed a firearm and additional
drug paraphernalia. Hickey was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr.
Under federal statutes, Hickey faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in
federal prison at sentencing. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed
by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will
be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and
other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the
completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.
This case was investigated by the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Orange County
Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S.
Attorney Michelle S. Englade.