Boy, 10, Brings Home Pot; Caretaker Charged With Drug Dealing
KINGSTON — A borough woman is facing drug-trafficking charges after a 10-year-old boy who was in her care brought home a large bag of marijuana and a hydrocodone pill he found in a pink Batman bag, according to police.
Robyn Elian Oelke, 34, of 23 Newitt Place, was arraigned Wednesday on drug and child endangerment charges alleging she travels to Philadelphia to purchase bulk quantities of marijuana to sell.
According to a police affidavit, the boy’s mother went to the police station the afternoon of Jan. 6 after she picked up her son from Oelke’s home and he revealed he had a bag of marijuana and the opioid pill. The mother said she didn’t want to see the drugs and drove directly to the police station, investigators said.
The boy told police he got the drugs from the pink Batman bag, which was under Oelke’s bed, police said. Investigators seized the drugs, and the boy informed them there were “a bunch more” still inside the bag, police said.
Police contacted Oelke at her home later that afternoon and got her permission to search the place, according to the complaint. Under her bed, police found the pink bag containing three plastic bags of marijuana, a digital scale, drug packaging materials and $1,264 in cash, police said.
Also in her bedroom, officers also found a tin box containing Suboxone strips, which are used to treat opiate addiction, police said.
Oelke told police she travels to Philadelphia to buy as much as four pounds of marijuana at a time, according to police. Oelke said she buys in bulk because it is cheaper and it reduces the number of trips she has to make, but also admitted to selling the drugs to friends, police said.
Investigators charged Oelke with felony counts of child endangerment and drug trafficking, as well as misdemeanor counts of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Magisterial District Judge Joseph A. Halesey arraigned Oelke on the charges Wednesday afternoon and released her on $10,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing was set for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 7.