Marion attorney busted for smuggling heroin into federal prison
TERRE HAUTE, Ind.—A retired defense attorney from Marion (Williamson County) is being held in the Vigo County, Ind., jail tonight (08.31.10) on charges that he was smuggling dope into the federal prison in Terre Haute.
Probable cause was found Monday to bind Robert Drew, 68, over for trial in Vigo County. He was arrested Saturday, 08.28.10, after police received a tip that he was smuggling dope (reportedly in to a ‘drug kingpin’ incarcerated at the prison) and when they searched Drew, they found almost two ounces of heroin taped to his flabby body.
Drew told investigators that he’d received the dope ‘anonymously’. Not wanting to appear opportunistic, he apparently held on to the dope long enough to receive a phone call which contained instructions about what to do with the heroin. The caller conveniently told Drew that “his family would be harmed” if he didn’t go along with the scheme.
Why he didn’t just call the authorities when the dope came into his possession (by mail, or whether someone just left him a nice package at his office on North Market Street in Marion) remains one of those mysteries only a court is going to be able to sort out.
Whatever the case, apparently Drew decided to make the best of it. He said during his Monday prelim that he concealed the dope in his Mercedes (of course, Mercedes), drove over to Evansville Friday with his wife, and hit Casino Aztar for a night. Then he traveled on to Terre Haute Saturday morning, stopped at a gas station to tape the dope to his body, and tooled on up to the federal pen. Reports indicate that the dope was split into two condoms (of course, condoms) and had a combined weight of 52.1 grams.
Reports indicate that the dope was “to be passed to a specific inmate during visitation,” but did not say who it was. According to our sources, it’s supposedly a “drug kingpin,” many of whom are located in federal pens but have the run of the place, and get along trafficking their dope just fine. Ain’t the U.S. of A prison system grand!?
Anyway, Drew added that this had happened to him before in exactly the same way, with the ‘anonymous’ packages, phone calls, threats, and ultimate delivery of the dope. Reports don’t indicate where he took the dope on other occasions, be it locally or at federal pens around the country. But hey, if he gets a night at the casino out of it, why not!
Incidentally, when Drew was searched at the prison, $12,000 was also found on him. There’s no indication that this was casino winnings, or if he had managed to score a sale of some of the heroin prior to smuggling the rest into the prison.
Authorities are looking to transfer the matter to the federal venue, so it may be a long time before Drew and Associates in Marion gets their snake back…I mean, attorney.
And for those who are asking…no, we haven’t been able to confirm whether or not this Drew is related to the Franklin County Drews, aka Bryan and Melissa, and Bryan’s deceased father John. If anyone knows, feel free to post it here. We have also heard that this guy is a former judge in the First Circuit, but we haven’t been able to confirm that yet, either. Have at it if you know.
More as it develops.
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