November 16, 2016
Okaloosa County – A Miami man has been sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections after entering a plea of no contest to the charges of Trafficking in Hydromorphone and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device to Facilitate a Felony. The sentence is a minimum mandatory, meaning the Defendant will serve it day-for-day in state prison.
During the month of March 2015 members of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit initiated an investigation into a drug distribution network allegedly operated by 29-year old Kim Denord Gibson of Miami. Information had been developed that Gibson was traveling to Okaloosa County from Miami in order to distribute large amounts of pharmaceutical medications.
On June 26, 2015, members of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit conducted a controlled purchase of approximately twenty (20) grams of Hydromorphone tablets from Gibson for $3,000.00. Upon completion of the controlled purchase, he was immediately taken into custody by law enforcement officers without incident. During a search incident to arrest an additional approximate five (5) grams of Hydromorphone was seized.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney David Stevens and the investigation was conducted by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. The sentence was imposed by the Honorable William F. Stone.