Dominican Republic Native Pleads Guilty to Smuggling $2 Million in Heroin Nearly 6 Years After His Flight from Justice
PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 24 months’ imprisonment and 2 years’ supervised release on her conviction of narcotics trafficking, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.
United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence on Monique Robinson, age 39, of Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania.
Information presented to the court at the time of Robinson’s guilty plea revealed that on September 11, 2016, her co-defendant and sister, Marleka Robinson, obtained a large quantity of fentanyl and heroin from a distributor in the Knoxville section of Pittsburgh at their brother, Jerry Coker’s request. Marleka Robinson delivered the drugs to the residence they all shared. Monique Robinson was the legal tenant of the residence and allowed Coker to store, package, and distribute fentanyl, heroin, and other drugs in that location. A search warrant executed at the residence the following day resulted in the seizure of more than 285 grams of fentanyl and small quantities of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. Drug packaging, weighing, and distributing materials were found strewn throughout the house, along with two Smith & Wesson pistols and $8,900 in cash, all of which were seized by law enforcement.
Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Bissoon stated that a sentence of 24 months’ imprisonment reflected the serious nature of Robinson’s conduct and her prior criminal history, as well as considered her limited role in the larger drug trafficking activity.
Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan commended the Drug Enforcement Agency for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Robinson.