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Press Release

Violent Felon Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking and Firearm Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS –Nathan Robinson, 31, of Indianapolis was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents, on January 12, 2022, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officers were attempting to locate and arrest Robinson on an outstanding warrant. Law enforcement officers knew that Robinson was selling methamphetamine in Indianapolis.

Law enforcement officers located Robinson and stopped him as he was attempting to leave in his vehicle from an address on Redfern Drive in Indianapolis. Robinson consented to a search of his vehicle and officers found 71 grams of cocaine, marijuana, two digital scales, plastic baggies, a loaded 9mm Double Tap Defense pistol that had been reported stolen, and over $124,000 inside the vehicle. Robinson admitted the drugs, the firearm used during Robinson’s drug dealing activities, and the currency from the drug proceeds belonged to him.

Robinson is prohibited from possessing firearms by federal law due to his prior felony convictions, in Marion County, Indiana, including theft, unlaw possession of a syringe and resisting law enforcement.

Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and Michael Gannon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Indianapolis Field Office made the announcement.

DEA investigated the case. IMPD provided valuable assistance. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt. As part of the sentence, Judge Pratt ordered that Robinson be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for four years following his release from federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Abhishek S. Kambli who prosecuted this case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated November 9, 2022