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Nov. 2, 2023St. Joseph, Mo. |  By: Jeremy Werner

St. Joseph man sentenced in connection with heroin distribution


ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - A 43-year-old St. Joseph man was sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison without parole in federal court for his role in a heroin distribution conspiracy and illegal possession of firearms.

Franklin Hicks Jr. pleaded guilty on May 31, 2022, admitting involvement in a conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin in the St. Joseph area from September 1, 2019, to March 26, 2021.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing firearms in furtherance of drug-trafficking crimes. Hicks, who was known as "Frankie," is responsible for distributing at least 115.5 grams of heroin.

He was found in possession of drugs, cash, and firearms during his arrest in January 2021. Co-defendants Roderick Hughes and Harvey Johnson were previously sentenced in the same case.

The investigation involved the St. Joseph Police Department, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department, DEA, and ATF.