Woman pleads to lesser charge from Cushing drug bust

By Stephen Betts | Aug 31, 2017
Photo by: Knox County Jail

Cushing — A Camden woman who was arrested last fall on drug charges connected to the overdose death of a Cushing man pleaded guilty Thursday, Aug. 31, to a lesser charge.

Ranae L. Robbins, 46, pleaded guilty in Knox County Unified Court to a felony charge of unlawful furnishing of heroin. Under terms of a deferred disposition, Robbins will serve six months in jail if she meets the conditions of the agreement.

Robbins and Karl Crute Jr., 44, who both had been living in Cushing, were arrested Nov, 15, 2016, and both charged with felony trafficking in heroin.

The investigation began after police responded to the overdose death of Christopher Delano, 52, who was found dead at his residence Nov. 15. Police found a packet of heroin in Delano's wallet. A family member of Delano's told police he did not know Delano was using heroin, but was aware that he had been in a lot of pain for an unspecified reason and that the man's physician was not prescribing enough of a prescription painkiller.

Investigators found Delano's cellphone under his body and discovered text messages between the victim and Robbins. In one of the messages, Delano asked her to bring some "brown" with her. "Brown" is a term that refers to heroin, according to a police affidavit filed in court.

Delano's car was not at his residence, according to police, but it was later found at Robbins' residence. Police got a search warrant from the court and then went to the home. Robbins was home, as was Crute, who was hiding in a closet and resisted efforts to arrest him.

Both Crute and Robbins admitted to selling heroin, but neither admitted to providing heroin to Delano prior to his death, according to police.

Police seized five grams of heroin, $1,000 in cash believed to be related to proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs, a loaded semi-automatic rifle and three handguns with other drug paraphernalia.

Crute pleaded guilty May 17 to one count of felony furnishing heroin and agreed to forfeit several guns to the state. He received the same sentence as Robbins -- two years in jail with all but six months suspended, one year probation and a $400 fine.

Assistant Attorney General John Risler told Judge Susan Sparaco at the Aug. 31 hearing that multiple drugs were found in Delano's body and that the state could not directly connect the heroin to his death.

Robbons is required not to commit any additional offenses while on the deferred disposition. She will be formally sentenced in 12 months. Crute is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

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