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6/20/2013 5:44:00 PM
Fugitive arrested four years after skipping out on drug charge

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

OTTAWA — A Michigan woman who skipped town in 2009 while awaiting trial for cannabis trafficking has been recaptured and is being held on $2 million.

Robin A. Phillips, 36, of Pontiac, Mich., was brought in Tuesday for her first hearing in La Salle County Circuit Court in four years. She faces 6-30 years in prison if convicted of hauling 106 pounds of cannabis seized from her vehicle in summer 2008.

Court records show a bench warrant was issued in March 2009 after Phillips failed to show for a required hearing. Bond initially was set at $300,000; Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan Jr. increased bond to $2 million at Tuesday’s hearing.

Phillips will next appear June 28 with the public defender.

She was charged after state police halted her vehicle for speeding at 11:17 p.m. Aug. 8, 2008, on Interstate 80 near Utica. A search of the vehicle yielded 106 pounds of marijuana. She made every required court appearance over a seven-month period and then vanished before a required court date on March 6, 2009.

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