Florida Man Arrested with Enough Fentanyl to Kill 25,000 People

Florida Man Ezzard Charles Dixon, 47, a man described as one of Highlands County’s most prolific drug dealers” was arrested at his home at 120 Abel Road NW in Lake Placid after a search warrant turned up a plethora of drugs, guns, and money.

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Deputies from the Highlands County Crime Suppression Unit with assistance from the DEA and FDLE seized two ounces of fentanyl powder and 800 fentanyl pills, as well as five ounces of cocaine, one ounce of methamphetamine, seven grams of oxycodone and three pounds of marijuana. Also found were five loaded guns and $2,980 in cash.

In a press release, Highlands County Sheriff Paul Blackman said.

“This man was literally selling death and needs to spend the rest of his life in prison.” “I am so proud of the work done on this case by the Crime Suppression Unit and the work of all the others who took part in this investigation. Their efforts have put one of the county’s major drug dealers in jail where he belongs and likely saved many lives.”

  • Trafficking cocaine (28 grams less than 150 kilograms)
  • Trafficking fentanyl (more than 4 grams)
  • Trafficking methamphetamine (more than 28 grams)
  • Trafficking oxycodone (more than 7 grams)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to distribute
  • Owning or renting a structure for the purpose to traffic narcotics
  • Committing a first degree felony with weapon (armed drug trafficking)

Dixon previously spent nine years in federal prison on drug charges. He was sentenced to 12.5 years in federal prison in 2003 for dealing cocaine. He was released from prison and placed on probation in 2012 and finished his probation in 2020. So, in addition to the drug charges, Dixon was charged with possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

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