Feds: Hartford man sentenced for fentanyl distribution while on parole

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HARTFORD — A city man will spend more than six years in federal prison for distributing fentanyl while he was on parole for a prior felony drug conviction, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

Judge Michael P. Shea sentenced 44-year-old Tylon Hicks to 77 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release.

Hicks pleaded guilty on Oct. 9, 2020 to one count of possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl.

Law enforcement learned in August 2019 that his brother, Troy Hicks, was linked to distribution of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine, authorities said. On Aug. 14, 2019, investigators used a source to set up a purchase from Troy Hicks, authorities said. Troy Hicks told the source to meet him at an East Hartford resident, authorities said.

The Hicks brothers were arrested that day after they showed up together at the meeting spot, authorities said. When investigators searched Tylon Hicks, officials say he was in possession of about 48 grams of fentanyl. A search of the vehicle led investigators to 103 dose bags of fentanyl and three grams of cocaine.

Tylon Hicks, who has a criminal history that dates back to 1993, was on parole for a felony drug conviction when he was arrested in 2019.

Troy Hicks pleaded guilty to drug and firearm offenses. He awaits sentencing.