United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania

10/20/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/20/2021 12:37

Turtle Creek Woman Sentenced for Participating in Her Brother’s Drug Trafficking

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 18 months' imprisonment and 2 years' supervised release on her conviction of narcotics trafficking, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence on Marleka Robinson, age 26, of Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, on September 11, 2016, Marleka Robinson obtained a large quantity of fentanyl from a distributor in the Knoxville section of Pittsburgh at Robinson's brother and co-defendant Jerry Coker's request. Robinson returned the drugs to the residence she shared with Coker and their other sister, codefendant Monique Robinson. A search warrant executed at the Coker 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 through the house, along with two Smith & Wesson pistols and $8,900 in cash, all of which were seized by law enforcement. Robinson admitted that she had transported narcotics for Coker on more than one occasion.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Bissoon stated that a sentence of 18 months imprisonment reflected the serious nature of her conduct, her lack of criminal history, and the limited role in the trafficking activity that Robinson played.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Acting United States Attorney Kaufman commended the Drug Enforcement Agency for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Robinson.