June 26, 2020
Contact: Andree Swanson
Phone Number: (571) 362-5149
St. Louis man sentenced to 60 months
Attempted to possess 8 kilos of fentanyl for distribution
ST. LOUIS – United States District Judge Ronnie L. White sentenced Kaylin Robinson, 22, of St. Louis, to 60 months in prison for attempting to possess with the intent to distribute in excess of 400 grams of fentanyl.
According to the plea agreement, on Friday, January 18, 2019, the United Parcel Service (UPS) attempted to deliver a package addressed to “Robert Anderson” at 2110 McLaran Avenue, Jennings, Missouri. The UPS driver went to 2110 McLaran, but did not deliver the package because the house appeared to be vacant. The driver went back to the truck and Robinson approached the driver to request delivery of the package. Robinson said that he was picking the package up for his grandfather from 2110 McLaran. The driver asked for Robinson’s identification and he said he did not have any. The UPS driver returned the package to the Earth City customer service center.
On Monday, January 21, 2019, UPS security personnel opened the package in an effort to determine the correct address for delivery of the package. A plastic tote was inside the cardboard box and there were several bundles that were wrapped in green and clear cellophane with lotion, coffee grounds, and dryer sheets. Because the wrapping was suspicious, UPS security contacted the St. Louis County Police Department narcotics unit. The St. Louis County Police Department took custody of the package and found it to contain 7.99 kilograms of fentanyl.
On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, Robinson went to the UPS Earth City customer service lobby and identified himself as “Robert Anderson.” A UPS employee told the defendant that he would need to present photo identification showing that he was “Robert Anderson.” He declined to present identification at that time.
Officers prepared an imitation package that looked like the original package to deliver to Robison if he returned to UPS. On January 23, 2019, Robinson went to the UPS customer service center in Earth City and again identified himself as “Robert Anderson.” Robinson presented a false Missouri Department of Revenue Temporary Driver License with his picture on it. The license was in the name of “Robert Anderson” with an address of 2110 McLaran Avenue, Jennings, Missouri. The issue date purported to be January 19, 2019. A UPS employee made a copy of the identification and informed Robinson that the package was out for delivery.
On January 23, 2019, Robinson returned to the UPS customer service center where he was given the imitation package. He placed the package in the trunk of a car waiting in the parking lot, got into the passenger seat, and then left the area. Officers attempted to stop the car, but the car fled at a high rate of speed and went the wrong way down a one-way street. Officers were unable to locate the car. However, they did locate the imitation package which had been discarded in the 12000 block of St. Charles Rock Road.
The St. Louis County Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division investigated this case, with the cooperation and assistance of the United Parcel Service.