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Hiding fugitive son leads to parents' conviction

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A Woodlawn couple hid their son, wanted for a drug charge, according to federal prosecutors.

By Staff Reports

ABINGDON  — After trying to hide their son from the authorities, a Woodlawn couple was found guilty on two charges in federal court last Friday, according to court officials.
Ricky David Robinson, 54, and Cynthia Lee Robinson, 50, faced a two-day jury trail on one count each of harboring a federal fugitive and of conspiracy to harbor a federal fugitive, according to a news release from the federal prosecutor’s office.
According to evidence presented at the trial, the Robinsons' son, Chad, faced a federal charge from February on conspiracy to distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine.
“In April 2012, the Robinsons were contacted by agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and made aware that their son was wanted by federal authorities,” according to the news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “Evidence presented at trial demonstrated that between April 24, 2012, and July 5, 2012, Ricky and Cynthia Robinson maintained contact with their son, allowed him to stay at their home in Carroll County, and provided him with money, food and transportation in an effort to prevent his apprehension by law enforcement.”
The Robinsons each face a potential maximum sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment and $500,000 in fines.
“Harboring a fugitive is a crime against the integrity of the criminal justice system,” U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said. "Those who help others hide from law enforcement and evade justice will be vigorously pursued by this office."
The investigation of the case was conducted by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police, Grayson County Sheriff's Office, Galax Police Department, Twin County Drug Task Force, Roanoke City Sheriff's Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary T. Lee is prosecuting the case.