Difficult Transportation

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FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Richmond Ambulance Authority, Henrico County Division of Fire, along with state and local emergency personnel were all gathered last Monday to assist with an unusual court transportation for a man that weighs more than 900 pounds.

Talk about a challenge.

On Monday, May 13, the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Richmond Ambulance Authority, Henrico County Division of Fire, state and local emergency personnel were all gathered to assist with an unusual court transportation plan for a man who weighs more than 900 pounds from his mobile home in Emporia.

Kenneth T. Hicks, 48, has been charged in a cocaine conspiracy. The defendant was scheduled to be taken to federal court in Richmond Monday where he was scheduled to plead guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak.

Three of seven people charged in the conspiracy have pled guilty. Hicks was given permission to have his first court appearance by video link on March 21. According to court documents, the alleged conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine covered a time frame from 2013 to 2017.

There was a possibility that Hicks could be immediately taken into custody and transported to a secure medical facility.  

Removing Hicks seemed to be a challenge for FBI, the Marshals Service and first responders. Trying to ensure Hicks’ safety and well being, it was decided to remove the defendant by bringing him out the back door. Boards were taken inside the house.

The procedure required bracing of the floor, and removing parts of the ceiling structure of the home as well. Hicks asked authorities for help to get him to the federal courthouse on East Broad Street in Richmond for the hearing.