Detroit woman given max sentence

Published 12:06 pm Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Detroit, Mich., woman found guilty of trafficking nearly 300 grams of heroin through Lawrence County was given the maximum prison sentence Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced Evelyn M. Robinson, 45, to 11 years in prison for counts of first-degree trafficking and possession of heroin. A specification of the indictment also labeled Robinson as a “major drug offender.”

In addition to the prison sentence, Robinson was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and her 2003 Cadillac Escalade, in which the drugs were found, must be forfeited to the state. Cooper also suspended the woman’s driver’s license for one year.

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Robinson requested an appeal and Cooper appointed attorney Warren Morford to the case.

A jury found Robinson guilty after a three-day trial and about five and a half hours of deliberation.

She was arrested on State Route 93 on Oct. 19 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol after troopers found three packages of heroin behind a taillight of her vehicle — the largest heroin bust in the county’s history, according to Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson. The street value of the heroin was between $90,000-$100,000.

Robinson said she was en route to Huntington, W.Va., to visit a nephew, but the jury agreed with Anderson that she was involved in a drug “pipeline” from Detroit to the Tri-State.