INDIANAPOLIS- Kevin Robertson, 53, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
According to court documents, on January 25, 2022, law enforcement officers were attempting to arrest Kevin Robertson on an outstanding warrant when they saw him leave his Indianapolis residence. Robertson placed a black bag in a blue Ford pickup truck and drove away from his home. The Ford pickup truck was reported stolen earlier that month. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but Robertson sped away. Robertson crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of New York and Denny Streets. The driver of the vehicle was injured and taken to the hospital.
Robertson fled the scene of the crash on foot and was subsequently arrested by officers. Investigators found Robertson’s black bag in the vehicle, which contained 75 grams of pure methamphetamine, a digital scale with drug residue, numerous plastic bags, and a loaded pistol. In his guilty plea, Robertson admitted that he intended to distribute the illegal drugs.
At the time of his arrest, Robertson had a lengthy criminal history, including 6 felony convictions related to dealing methamphetamine, illegally possessing a handgun, and resisting law enforcement officers.
“Armed drug dealers fuel the violence in our communities,” said Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “The U.S. Attorneys Office and our law enforcement partners will continue to work diligently to make our streets safer through targeted prosecution of dangerous criminals. The sentence imposed today demonstrates that those who continue to deal deadly drugs and illegally carry deadly weapons will spend significant time in federal prison.”
“Holding the defendant accountable for his violent actions and illegal drug activities should send a clear message to others in the community of the impact of this criminal activity,” said FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Herbert J. Stapleton. “If you choose to pursue a path of criminal activity, the FBI and our law enforcement partners will ensure that you are identified, investigated and removed from society.”
“The Indiana State Police works diligently with its law enforcement partners at all levels to help ensure those who bring illicit and dangerous drugs and guns into our communities are held accountable to fullest extent possible,” said Doug Carter, ISP Superintendent.
The FBI and Indiana State Police investigated the case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Court Judge James P. Hanlon. Judge Hanlon also ordered that Robertson be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 5 years following his release from federal prison.
U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorney Pamela Domash who prosecuted the 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.