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Former Miss Maryland waives hearing on drug charges

June 19, 1997

By GUY FLETCHER

Staff Writer

Former Miss Maryland Robin Valeria Harmon on Thursday waived her right to a preliminary hearing on charges of drug possession and distribution.

Harmon, 40, has been charged with twice selling crack cocaine to a police drug informant from her downtown apartment this year.

Her attorney, Stephen Meyers, told Washington County District Court Judge Ralph H. France II that Harmon would waive her right to a hearing, which had been scheduled for Thursday morning.

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Preliminary hearings are held to determine if there is probable cause for a case to go to trial.

Meyers would not comment on why Harmon - who did not appear in court - chose not to have a hearing. No trial date has been set, but Meyers said he does not expect the case to be heard before September.

According to court records, Harmon is accused of selling a piece of crack to an informant on March 11, and telling the informant it was "the good stuff from Florida." She also is accused of selling two pieces of crack to an informant on April 24, court records said.

After the second alleged sale, Harmon asked the informant if she could have a small piece of crack in return for arranging the deal, according to allegations contained in court records. The informant refused the request, court records said.

Harmon's address has been listed as 55 S. Potomac St., Apt. 401. She is being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $80,000 bond.

In another matter, Harmon is scheduled to appear in court next month for a hearing on alleged parole violations stemming from her November 1996 guilty plea to drug charges dating back to June of 1995.

Harmon was both the first county resident and the first black woman to win the title of Miss Maryland when she won the crown in 1981. She was not a finalist in the Miss America Pageant that year, but the national exposure enabled her to start modeling and acting careers in New York City.

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