Attorney arrested for allegedly smuggling drugs into prison

By Arnold Wyrick - bio | email

MARION, IL (KFVS) - Working off a tip, FBI agents in Terre Haute, Indiana searched 68-year-old Robert Drew Saturday as he tried to enter the U.S. Federal Penitentiary there.

Police say they found nearly 2-ounces of heroin and more than $10,000 strapped to Drew's body.

At the time Drew was on his way to visit with a client of his by the name of Ben Kramer.

Drew represented Kramer in Southern Illinois District court back in 1987, during Kramer's conviction for trafficking more than 300 tons of marijuana into the United States.

Drew appeared in a Vigo County courtroom on Monday charged with dealing in a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Drew is currently being held on a $100,000 cash only bail in the Vigo County Jail.

In the meantime, in Southern Illinois, Drew is the defense attorney in a number of cases in several counties.

In Williamson County alone more than 35 cases could be affected by Drew's arrest.  Several of those cases were on the Monday morning court docket and had to be moved to another date due to Drew's absence.

Robert Drew also served as a judge in Williamson County's First Circuit Court, for 18 months back in 1995.

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