Austin L. Miller | Ocala Star-Banner
An Ocala man who struck a firetruck and a fire official at a crash scene three years ago – while driving a vehicle that authorities said was full of drugs – has been sentenced to a 12-year federal prison term.
In July 2018, a woman slowed her vehicle as she approached a firetruck on County Road 326 about a half mile east of Northwest 77th Street. Oliver drove around her and hit a firetruck and a fire official.
The official was not seriously hurt, though he did go to the hospital. Oliver also was injured.
While investigating the crash, Florida Highway Patrol troopers recovered drugs from a backpack Oliver tried hiding. He was taken into custody. Federal officials said the backpack contained marijuana, cocaine, prescription pills and several baggies used to distribute drugs.
Law enforcement officials also found a package in Oliver’s vehicle that was addressed to him. The package had 447 grams of methamphetamine that officials believed was valued between $25,000 and $35,000.
Agents with the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General investigated. They learned that, before the crash, Oliver had received 112 packages from several states including California, Washington and Nevada.
Oliver told federal officials that he was ordering marijuana, pills and methamphetamine from what was described as the “dark web,” and distributing the illegal narcotics throughout the Middle District of Florida, according to federal officials. The middle district includes Marion County.
The incident was investigated by the Postal Service, the Office of Inspector General and the FHP.
Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, email@example.com or @almillerosb.