Coal Twp. woman gets intermediate punishment, probation for drug deals
SUNBURY - A Coal Township woman charged with delivering heroin in connection with an international drug trafficking organization was sentenced Monday by President Judge William H. Wiest to 23 months of intermediate punishment and one year consecutive probation.
Robyn M. Russo, 25, of 1245 W. Walnut St., will serve the first 90 days of her punishment under house arrest. She also was ordered to pay $400 in fines plus court costs and fees.
Russo previously pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to deliver heroin and criminal conspiracy. She was sentenced to intermediate punishment on the drug charge and probation on the conspiracy offense.
Three counts of delivery of heroin, three additional counts of possession with intent to deliver heroin and two counts of criminal use of a communication facility were not prosecuted under a plea agreement with the county district attorney's office.
The charges were filed by Coal Township Detective Jeff Brennan and Agent David Jordan of the state Attorney General's Office relating to incidents between October 2011 and October 2012.
Prior to sentencing, Russo told Wiest she has a 9-month-old child, is working two jobs and plans to start classes soon at Luzerne County Community College in Shamokin. Russo said she just wants an opportunity to turn her life around.
She was represented by attorney David Marateck, of Coal Township.
Russo was among 16 people charged in a Sept. 19 bust by the Attorney General's Office and members of the Northumberland-Montour Drug Task Force involving a heroin and cocaine ring stretching from the Dominican Republic to Luzerne and Northumberland counties.