Arthur Horton, 45, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison, followed by 10 years of probation for one count each of Trafficking Fentanyl – more than 4 grams, Flee/Elude Law Enforcement Officer with Lights and Sirens, and Resisting/Obstructing an Officer without Violence. Horton must also pay a statutory fine of $50,000.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Arthur Horton (also known as “WIFI”) after receiving information that he was supplying narcotics for street-level dealers in Fort Myers.
For five days in June 2018, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office set-up and executed a multifaceted surveillance operation on the defendant.
On June 27, 2018, deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Horton by initiating emergency lights and sirens. Horton did not stop and sped away. He later crashed through the double guard gate at the front of a Fort Myers community and then crashed his car. He then ran away and was caught soon after.
Investigators executed search warrants on Horton’s residence as well as safety deposit boxes at a local bank. In addition to locating narcotics, law enforcement officers seized nearly one million dollars in suspected illicit narcotics proceeds.
Assistant State Attorney Michael Colombo Jr. and Assistant State Attorney Tyler Lovejoy handled the case.