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Woman charged with dealing deadly fentanyl

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

A nearly year-long investigation has led to the arrest of a Connersville woman and the removal of a large amount of fentanyl from the streets.

Connersville Police Detective Brad Rosser said Monday the CPD special weapons and tactics team went to the home of Pennie Robinson, 58, 1824 Boulevard Place, with a search warrant.

Officers said they found 23.5 grams of the deadly drug, valued at more than $2,800. They also found $3,000 cash and several other controlled substances.

“It’s a significant bust. That much fentanyl could kill a lot of people,” Rosser said. “I’ve been working drugs more than a year, and finding a few ounces of methamphetamine is a big bust, but to find almost an ounce of fentanyl, because it is so much more expensive and so much more deadly, it is significant.”

Serving the warrant went smoothly, he said. The officers worked well together.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. It is often mixed with heroin.

This investigation took the better part of a year to allow the department to gather all the information needed to be able to obtain the warrant, he explained. 

“This is one of the cases I’m more proud of in the 14-15 months I’ve been working drugs just because of the amount and how dangerous fentanyl is,” Rosser said. “I’m happy this was shut down.”

Officers arrested Robinson on charges of dealing in a narcotic drug, a Level 3 felony; possession of a syringe, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of a narcotic drug, Level 6 felonies; possession of a controlled substance, a Class B misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor. 

No bond has been set.

Conviction of Level 3 felony could result in a sentence of 3-16 years and Level 6 felony conviction could bring a sentence of 6-30 months.

Persons arrested are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.