For Immediate Release
Convicted Felon Charged for Selling Firearm and Heroin
Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the return of an indictment charging Troy Nix (29, Mount Dora) with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it. If convicted, Nix faces up to 10 years in federal prison for the firearm offense and up to 20 years in federal prison for the drug offense.
According to court records, on or about June 3, 2022, Nix sold a 9mm firearm and heroin to an undercover ATF agent. Nix then fled on foot when agents attempted to arrest him. He was apprehended several hours later. Nix has at least eight prior state felony convictions, including battery on a person 65 years of age or older, sale of cocaine, and fleeing to elude police. Because of his prior felony convictions, he is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mount Dora Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tyrie K. Boyer.
This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.