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December 15, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ABERDEEN CRACK DEALER SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Eric Robles, a/k/a “Chin,” age 35, of Abingdon, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to Robles’ guilty plea, during December 2007, detectives with the Harford County Task Force began an investigation of an individual known as “Chin,” who was believed to be selling large quantities of cocaine in the Aberdeen area, which he obtained from a source in New York. “Chin” was later identified as Eric Robles. On December 19, 2007, law enforcement obtained an order authorizing the installation of GPS devices on Robles’ vehicles and on December 20, 2007, was alerted by the GPS that Robles was traveling from Maryland, northbound on Interstate 95. The device showed that Robles entered New York City and left after less than two hours. Based on this information, detectives began surveillance of Robles vehicle as it re-entered Maryland. The detectives noted that Robles was traveling at speeds of up to 80 miles an hour and contacted Maryland State Police who performed a traffic stop. A certified drug dog scanned the vehicle and alerted to the presence of drugs. A search was conducted and 76 grams of crack cocaine was recovered from the engine compartment. A subsequent search at Robles home recovered marijuana, a digital scale containing cocaine, ecstasy pills and $897.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Harford County Task Force and the Maryland State Police for their investigative work and commended Special Assistant United States Attorney Christine Celeste a cross-designated Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to drug cases, and Assistant United States Attorney Christopher J. Romano, who prosecuted the case.