Talk about a challenge.
Today the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Richmond Ambulance Authority, Henrico County Division of Fire, state and local emergency personnel are 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 is scheduled to be taken to federal court in Richmond today where he is scheduled to plead guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak.
Three of seven people charged in the conspiracy have entered a guilty plea. 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 is a possibility that Hicks could be immediately taken into custody and transported to a secure medical facility.
Removing Hicks seems to be a challenge for FBI, 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 this morning.
The procedure requires 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 St. in Richmond for the hearing.
The Independent-Messenger will continue to update the story as information becomes available.