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Lawrence man sentenced to 19 years for drug trafficking

September 17, 2008

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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.

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shutnmdown 5 years, 10 months ago

Yew all know something, the laws are designed for certain people to fail. And so what if a person never learns from a stay in the pen. Child molesters are the most horrible people to walk the earth. At least a crack addict can recover, but a person who suffered abuse deals with it forever. That was his life, he did what he wanted with it, it's not your life, you wouldn't even think twice to be to adventurous. Just hopefully nobody in your family has any secrets in their closets you would have a heart attack finding out about. Half the people around are closet smokers, I know this an when I pass those with their family after seeing them in a crack house, it's really sickening. Like i said it was his life and he had fun with it, and he will eventually be able to see whomever he left behind. I pray for you all with bad thoughts and hearts, and rude comments

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Bladerunner 5 years, 10 months ago

Wow! Awesome job LPD and DGSO! The interesting thing here is that he pled guilty. I wonder how much time he was looking at if found guilty at trial? Nine found guilty and moving to the big house. Time to change the Population sign at the city limits! (Wait. There isn't one.)

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Bladerunner 5 years, 10 months ago

Chi.....Glad to know you took the time to look up each of their Criminal Histories. Did you see how many went to prison before and havn't learned?

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Ragingbear 5 years, 10 months ago

Remember boys and girls. If you absolutely must possess or sell drugs, do it in a place other than a school zone. The increase in penalties if you are caught are astronomical.

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ralphralph 5 years, 10 months ago

"...throwing bottles at cars driving past a home..."Way to stay under the radar, guys!

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Bladerunner 5 years, 10 months ago

ChiHawkinKS. Um....he got caught dealing four times. Imagine all the times he delt and didnt get caught. Do you have any idea what these suppliers do to familes? Addicts that steal or spend monthly money meant to be spent raising their families smoked up in one day? Im sure in your perfect little world you could slap his wrist with a few months in prison and release him into the world....rehabilitated as an investment broker or such. Well let me tell you. NOT! When they get out,.,,they go right back to doing what they know. Victimizing Lawrencians and their families. The point of having prisons is to protect the good people. People like you don't want to use them. Go back to Chicago please.

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LHS1980 5 years, 10 months ago

ChiHawkInKS, are you saying that 10+ years is to much for a child molester? Do you also think a 'little' crack is ok, and as long as its not 'a lot', they should get off? Do you have kids, and if so, would you be ok with them buying a 'little' crack?

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Marc Mondi 5 years, 10 months ago

Why was the one dude sentenced to 324 months? Sucks about Ryan Fowler... good guy, wrong crowd. Knew Ryan in high school, and was a good kid... too bad he fell in with the wrong crowd.

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geniusmannumber1 5 years, 10 months ago

Where does it talk about selling to kids? Have people been watching 80's Just Say No commercials again? "Hey, kid, I got something that'll make you really fly!" In other news, I heard there's some people who put LSD on the back of stickers, and then they say "Hey kid, want a sticker?" And the kid puts on the sticker, and then he's hooked!

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somebodynew 5 years, 10 months ago

Some of the people here are commenting on the amount of time for what he pled to. Keep in mind, what he pled to was only a "fraction" of what he was charged with - that why it was a "deal". I know Ejo, and trust me he was looking at far more time and far more charges that would have been proven. It is a shame for him and his family, but as someone else said - that is what he chose to do. And after being caught a few times before.There comes a time you have to "pay the piper".

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coolmom 5 years, 10 months ago

want to see what crack does to families? i have adopted one child already whose parents delt and did those supposably harmless little crack rocks. how do you think they delt with their kids under the influance? the kid got dragged out at all hours to go on buys and was with them for all the little stops to get some money by stealing things out of your cars, garages and homes...think the kids got fed? think these unseen victims use get used as pawns against families? think they get molested? have you ever seen a drug addicted child in intensive care after birth? how about in school 5 years later. they should have gotten more time.

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RedwoodCoast 5 years, 10 months ago

So I'm curious. Remember on 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' where that stone he had salvaged begins to glow when it is in the vicinity of that statue? Do drugs do that in a school zone or something?

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q_ball2kand1 5 years, 10 months ago

Hey bladerunner, ask any of his buyers if they felt victimized when he sold too them. Hell no they didn't. And of course he will go back to dealing/petty crime when he gets out. I can imagine his job interview..."Mr. Fixico I noticed a 19 year gap in your resume?""Ya I was in prison""Next applicant please!"-------------------DRUG WARWhen Gov't intervenes in the supply side, prices go up, payoff for criminal activities increases.When Gov't intervenes in the demand side, prices go down, less payoff to the criminals.

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Termcd4 5 years, 10 months ago

misplacedcheesehead-you might feel different if you knew him. He is still a man. A man with a wife and three kids....

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shutnmdown 5 years, 10 months ago

He also chose his playground to play in as well. People do what they choose too. Some things are easy to a person, good guy wrong crowd. Must of been alot of peer pressure huh..that is so funny. Leave it an all them alone, they made they lives what it is.

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Christine Anderson 5 years, 10 months ago

I have absolutely no sympathy for the amount of time these creeps got.It is more honorable to work flipping burgers, picking up trash, bagging groceries, etc., and to have to struggle financially, then to make big bucks being the scum of the earth!

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shutnmdown 5 years, 10 months ago

The only thing you got right cheesehead is the fact you can pick your name correctly. I am ashamed of you for writing such mess. You aren't adventurous enough to live a lifestyle such as his. Your comment was well thought out huh. So many days late and so much has already been said you should of saved your comment for your pocket book as a good come back in a arguement.

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