A Lawrence man was sentenced to more than 19 years in federal prison for trafficking drugs in the city, U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren announced Wednesday.
Aharlock W. Fixico, 29, pleaded guilty in July 2007 to one count of conspiracy to operate a crack house within 1,000 feet of an elementary school and four counts of distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of an elementary school, a spokesman for Melgren said.
Fixico, who was sentenced to 235 months, admitted peddling crack cocaine from an apartment in the 1400 block of East 21st Terrace, which is within 1,000 feet of Kennedy School, Melgren said.
During his plea, Fixico admitted to selling crack cocaine twice on March 15, 2004, to undercover buyers in a parking lot near the apartment; on March 21, 2004, to undercover buyers during a meeting at the apartment; and on Aug. 11, 2004, to an undercover buyer during a meeting at a Eudora convenience store, which is within 1,000 feet of Nottingham Elementary School, U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Jim Cross said.
Fixico also admitted he possessed crack cocaine on May 27, 1999, when he was stopped for a traffic violation; on May 23, 2000, when Lawrence police came across him while responding to the report of males throwing bottles at cars driving past a home; and on June 12, 2000, when he was arrested after being stopped for traffic violations, Cross said.
"Investigators developed evidence that he manufactured crack cocaine, transported kilogram quantities of cocaine from Texas to Lawrence on at least four occasions and pooled his money with other conspirators to obtain ounces of cocaine from a common supplier in Kansas City," Melgren said in a news release.
Eight co-defendants were charged in the case, including Don Gibler, who was sentenced to 324 months; Branden Walker, who was sentenced to 121 months; Carl Roubison, who was sentenced to 41 months; Ryan Fowler, who was sentenced to 120 months; John Holt, who was sentenced to 87 months; and Ryan Green, who was sentenced to 130 months. Lonnie Teichman is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 29, and Katheryn Alexander is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 1, Cross said.
Officers from the Lawrence Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Office drug enforcement unit investigated the case.