death_investigationA Bourbon man has been arrested and charged with Dealing in a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death as a level 1 Felony, Dealing in a Narcotic Drug as a level 4 felony and Possession of a Narcotic Drug as a level 6 felony.

28 year old Harley D. Robbins is currently sitting in the Marshall County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond for delivering Fentanyl to Stan Hite.  The Fentanyl is alleged to have resulted in Hite’s death on October 15th.

Court papers show that police began an investigation into the death of Stanley Hite on October 15.  Officers examined Hite’s cell phone and found text messages to and from Robbins’ cell discussing the purchase of drugs.

Officers were familiar with Robbins because he had been a reserve officer for the Bourbon Police Department. They interviewed him on October 15th at a residence in the 10,000 block of Nutmeg Road in Plymouth.  During the interview Harley Robbins admitted to going to Dolton, Illinois to purchase  Fentanyl.  He also admitted to selling approximately a gram of Fentanyl to Hite on the morning of October, 14th.

When the officer told Robbins that Stan Hite had died that morning (Oct. 15) he said, “Oh my God. I gave Stan the size of you pinky tip.”   He signed the Waiver of Rights and Consent to Search for the vehicle.  Officers located a pill identified as Trazodone Hydrochloride a legend drug, a plastic bottle containing a yellow liquid suspected of being urine, a small plastic baggie containing a grayish powder substance and an Apple IPhone in the vehicle.

Following the interview Harley Robbins was transported to the Plymouth Hospital to be cleared for the jail.  He was admitted to the hospital for observation and released on October 17.  After being released he was bought to the jail by his parents and interviewed.

Robbins told police the name of his dealer in Chicago and the one in South Bend.  He was then taken into custody and booked into the Marshall County Jail.

Marshall County Coroner John Grolich told officers the toxicology report from Stan Hite’s autopsy showed he had Fentanyl, Flualprazoiam and Diphenhydramine in his system.

It is believed that the Fentanyl in Hite’s system was the most lethal on the toxicology report.


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