Jury Convicts KC Man, Woman of Heroin Conspiracy, Illegal Firearms
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man and woman have been convicted by a federal trial jury of their roles in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and of illegally possessing firearms and ammunition.
Robin M. Sims, also known as Robin Hood, 51, and Amy E. Jones, 52, both of Kansas City, were found guilty on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, of participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin between June 2012 and June 2013 and of aiding and abetting one another to distribute heroin. In addition, Sims was convicted of five counts of distributing heroin and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Jones was also convicted of being an unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm.
Evidence introduced during the trial included a series of undercover and controlled purchases of heroin from Sims, often utilizing a confidential informant. Police officers conducted three searches at two separate residences shared by Sims and Jones and seized heroin and firearms.
On Aug. 30, 2012, during an investigation, Kansas City police officers searched a residence shared by Sims and Jones and found a Colt .32-caliber pistol under the mattress of a bed.
On Nov. 12, 2012, officers executed a search warrant at the residence shared by Sims and Jones and discovered heroin wrapped in a lottery ticket and a digital scale in the kitchen.
On June 20, 2013, officers executed a search warrant at the residence shared by Sims and Jones. When officers entered the residence, Sims placed a plastic baggie that contained what appeared to be heroin in his mouth and swallowed it. Officers discovered a loaded Davis Industries .22-caliber revolver under a bed.
Under federal statutes, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Sims has a prior felony conviction for second degree murder, two prior felony convictions for drug trafficking, two prior felony convictions for possessing a controlled substance and a prior felony conviction for distributing, delivering and producing a controlled substance.
Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., deliberated for about an hour before returning the guilty verdicts to U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple, ending a trial that began Monday, May 11, 2015.
Under federal statutes, Sims is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole. Jones is subject to a sentence of up to 50 years in federal prison without parole. Sentencing hearings will be scheduled after the completion of presentence investigations by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rudolph R. Rhodes IV and Joseph M. Marquez. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.