Two local residents convicted on federal drug charges

John Thompson • Updated Jan 16, 2020 at 9:57 PM

GREENEVILLE — The U.S. Department of Justice reported Thursday that two Elizabethton residents have been sentenced to federal prison on drug charges.

Alex Lorenzon Robinson, 38, of Elizabethton and formerly of Conway, South Carolina, was sentenced by Judge Ronnie Greer in U.S. District Court after Robinson pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute crack cocaine. He was sentenced to 15 years.

Kayla Leann Cox, 22, with residences in Elizabethton and Kingsport, was sentenced to five years in federal prison on conspiracy charges. She was sentenced in October.

The Justice Department’s press release said “the conviction of Robinson was the result of an investigation by Tennessee Bureau Investigation during 2019. After making numerous drug buys from Robinson and obtaining a federal indictment and search warrants, TBI, (Drug Enforcement Administration), Carter County Sheriff's Department and the Elizabethton Police Department executed a search warrant at the residence of Robinson.”

The release said the “CCSD Special Weapons and Tactics Team approached the residence, knocked and announced their presence, and breached the front door and entered the residence. Robinson and Cox were located within the residence, as well as two minors.

“Agents recovered a handgun located next to Cox, multiple rifles underneath the bed and a ballistic vest found at the foot of the bed,” the release said. “During the search of the residence, agents discovered 293.01 grams of cocaine within a vacuum-sealed bag, 1,492.41 grams of marijuana, 55.93 grams of crack cocaine, 81 fentanyl/acetyl fentanyl tablets and multiple firearms that included a .410(-caliber) Taurus Judge that had been reported stolen.

“Robinson was arrested on a federal warrant based on a prior indictment,” according to the release.

The Justice Department said that on the same morning, TBI, DEA, the Kingsport Police Department, 2nd Judicial District Drug Task Force and Tennessee Highway Patrol executed a second search warrant at another residence of Robinson in Kingsport. During the search, agents discovered several items of contraband that included several firearms, marijuana, and powder cocaine.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Reeves and Todd Martin represented the United States in the case.

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