Rockland woman accused of threatening police informant

By Stephen Betts | Mar 16, 2019
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Rockland — Bail was set at $5,000 cash for a 32-year-old woman police say threatened an informant in her drug dealing case.

Judge Eric Walker set bail Friday, March 15 in the Knox County court for Elisa N. Robbins of Rockland on charges of tampering with a witness and violation of a condition of release.

The assistant attorney general handling the case, John Risler, had recommended bail of $25,000 cash, while defense attorney for the day William Pagnano said Robbins could not afford any cash bail.

"We have zero tolerance for this," Risler said of the actions that the state claims Robbins took to silence the confidential informant.

Walker said the state appeared to have a strong case against Robbins and that bail is also used to protect the integrity of the judicial process. He said the alleged conduct was pretty outrageous.

Robbins was originally arrested Tuesday, March 12, after the confidential informant made two controlled buys of drugs from her in January in Waldoboro under the surveillance of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. In one instance, according to the affidavit, she got Adderall from another person and then provided it to the informant. The other time she got the stimulant methylphenidate and provided it to the informant, according to police.

After she was arrested by MDEA on drug trafficking charges, she was taken to the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, Robbins told the drug enforcement agent that she suspected who the informant was and he was going to die. The agent warned Robbins about making threats and told her not to speculate about who the informant was.

Robbins then made a telephone call to a relative and said who she suspected was the informant. She complained to the agent that the person she suspected was the informant had been a friend and knew she had children.

Later that day, the informant contacted police to say that a man in a white pickup truck confronted him and threatened to assault him.

Police state in the affidavit who they believe the man in the pickup was. Risler said after the hearing that the man has not been charged, but the investigation continues.

The informant said Robbins called him from jail by Facebook Messenger and said she suspected he was the informant, and that she would know for sure when the state provides her with its evidence.

Robbins, who was released on bail for the drug charge, posted a comment Thursday, March 14, on Facebook that indicated she knew someone had confronted him and said when she found out for sure who the informant was, she was going to tell everyone. She then posted a hashtag saying snitches belong in ditches.

Police then arrested her for the tampering charge.

Comments (4)
Posted by: Linda Hillgrove | Mar 18, 2019 16:25

She has only herself to blame, ditto Francis.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Mar 16, 2019 11:28

I agree with you Richard.


Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Mar 16, 2019 07:56

PHEW!! Everybody who shouldn't knows by now who the informant is. $25,000 might have sent an important message. It shows that the DA is following through dealing with violence; now to get the judge on board.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Mar 16, 2019 06:51

Sounds like Robbins wants to blame someone else for her behavior. If she is so concerned about her children then she better own her own actions.

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