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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Federal Jury Convicts Kimberly Robinson On Cocaine Distribution And Money Laundering Conspiracy Charges

Conspiracy Involved the Distribution of At Least 480 Kilograms of Cocaine

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Following a three day trial in U.S. District Court, Knoxville, Tenn., a jury convicted Kimberly Robinson of Fayetteville, Ga., of conspiracy to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Sentencing is set for 10:00 a.m., Aug. 13, 2014, in U.S. District Court in Knoxville, Tenn. Robinson faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years to life in prison.

The evidence presented at trial showed that beginning in 2007 Robinson transported kilogram quantities of cocaine from Fayetteville, Ga., to a residence in Knoxville, Tenn., where it was subsequently distributed by other members of the conspiracy. Evidence further showed that after the cocaine was sold, the proceeds from the drug sales were secured in the same residence so that Robinson could travel from Fayetteville, Ga., to the Knoxville, Tenn., residence and pick up the proceeds. Robinson would then deliver the proceeds to another member of the conspiracy in Fayetteville, Ga., where the proceeds were used to obtain additional kilograms of cocaine to sell in Knoxville, Tenn. In all, the conspiracy was responsible for distributing at least 480 kilograms of cocaine in Knoxville since 2000. Evidence at trial showed that the total street value of the cocaine involved in the case was $48 million.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the joint investigation which led to indictment and subsequent conviction of Kimberly Robinson included the Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service, Knoxville Police Department, Clayton County Georgia Police Department, and Fayette County Georgia Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Lewen, Jr. represented the United States at trial.

Updated March 18, 2015