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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Ohio
Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Friday, January 5, 2024

Middletown Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Firearm as Part of Drug Trafficking

CINCINNATI — Christopher Lawrence Spicer, 23, of Middletown, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Spicer led local officers on a high-speed chase in spring 2023 before being arrested.

According to court documents, on March 16, 2023, Spicer was approached by law enforcement while driving a stolen Ford F-150 in a Middletown business parking lot. Spicer backed into a police cruiser and fled throughout Middletown at speeds exceeding 90 miles per hour. While fleeing, Spicer ran a red light at the intersection of Roosevelt Boulevard and Jackson Lane. Spicer collided with another vehicle, rendering his own vehicle disabled. He was arrested at that time.

When officer’s searched Spicer’s truck, they discovered a loaded Romarm/Cugir Micro Draco 7.62x39mm pistol and more than 200 fentanyl pills.

The parties involved in Spicer’s case have recommended a sentence of 60 months in prison. The Court will consider that recommendation at a future sentencing hearing.

Kenneth L. Parker, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Daryl S. McCormick, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; and Middletown Police Chief David Birk announced the guilty plea entered today before U.S. District Judge Douglas R. Cole. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan A. Keefe is representing the U.S. in this case.


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