Man sentenced to 4 years, 9 months on federal drug charges

2014-07-23T17:30:00Z 2014-07-24T00:44:53Z Man sentenced to 4 years, 9 months on federal drug chargesGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A Fairview man who sold methamphetamine and other drugs to an undercover agent will spend 57 months in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters on Wednesday sentenced David Lee Hixon, 52, at the low end of a guideline range as recommended by the prosecution and defense attorneys.

Watters noted that the Bakken oil field region of Eastern Montana and North Dakota has “just been devastated” by drug use and distribution” since the oil boom began and that Hixon, who moved to the area about

five years ago, contributed to the problem.

“I accept full responsibility for what I’ve done and I’m very sorry,” Hixon said.

Assistant Federal Defender Steve Babcock said Hixon, a welder, has worked around the around the country and has a severe methamphetamine addiction, although he has previously been treated and had periods of sobriety. Ending up in the Bakken area was about “the worst place” Hixon could have landed

because of the meth use there, he said.

Hixon pleaded guilty in March to distribution of controlled substances.

Prosecutors said Hixon sold an undercover law enforcement agent an ounce of methamphetamine and 40 tablets of oxycodone, a painkiller, on Jan. 29, 21013, in Glendive.

The agent had contacted

Hixon the day before and Hixon

told the agent he could sell him the drugs.

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