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Tallahassee man sentenced to 25 years in federal prison after undercover operation revealed unlawful drug and gun sales

Florida – A Tallahassee man, Hiawatha Laquinta Scott, III, received a 25-year federal prison sentence for multiple counts of drug distribution and firearm possession. This sentence comes after Scott’s guilty plea to charges related to methamphetamine distribution and illegal firearm possession, marking a notable victory for law enforcement in their fight against drug-related crimes and violence.

A Firm Stance Against Drug Distribution and Gun Violence

Jason R. Coody, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced the sentence, stating, “Methamphetamine distribution is a scourge on large and small communities of our district. With our dedicated law enforcement partners, we are committed to identifying and aggressively prosecuting those who threaten our citizens’ health and safety by distributing such addictive, controlled substances. This sentence ensures that our community will be safer and sends a message that there are real and severe consequences for federal firearm and drug offenses.”

Investigation Into Hiawatha Laquinta Scott’s Illegal Activities

The case against Scott was the result of a meticulous investigation led by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the North Star Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force (NSMDTF). Throughout early 2023, an undercover officer engaged in a series of controlled purchases from Scott, acquiring both illegal drugs, including methamphetamine and fentanyl pills, and firearms. These transactions, which took place in February and led to the discovery of more drugs and firearms in Scott’s possession in April, underscore the dangers posed by the distribution networks of controlled substances and illegal firearms.

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A search warrant executed on April 20, 2023, at Scott’s residence led to the seizure of two ounces of methamphetamine and multiple digital scales. The severity of Scott’s actions is reflected in his sentencing, with the court recognizing the need for a substantial term of imprisonment to protect the community and deter similar crimes.

Kirk Howard, ATF Tampa Field Division’s Special Agent in Charge, remarked on the positive impact of Scott’s incarceration, emphasizing the enhanced safety of the Big Bend area as a result. Scott’s history of serious drug offenses and violent felonies, including a prior 20-year sentence for attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, positioned him for enhanced sentencing under the Armed Career Criminal provisions.

Sheriff Jared Miller of the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office lauded the collaborative effort that led to Scott’s sentencing, viewing it as a “sustained solution” to the threats posed by individuals who engage in unlawful activities. The cooperation among the Narcotics Unit, NSMDTF, ATF, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office exemplifies the collective resolve to maintain public safety and enforce the law.

Following his 25-year prison term, Scott will be subjected to 10 years of supervised release.

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