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NJ Man Sentenced to 135 Months for Leading Capital Region Drug Trafficking Ring

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ALBANY, NEW YORK – Darren Clay Robinson, aka “Mountain,” age 54, of Teaneck, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 135 months in prison, to be followed by 8 years of supervised release, for conspiring with more than 10 people to distribute heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine throughout the Capital Region.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and James N. Hendricks, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

As part of his guilty plea, Robinson admitted that from August 2016 to May 2017, he worked with others to distribute heroin, cocaine base (a/k/a crack cocaine) and cocaine in Albany and Schenectady Counties. Robinson admitted to distributing between 3.5 kilograms and 5 kilograms of cocaine as part of the conspiracy.

Robinson, who has 3 prior drug felony convictions, stored drugs at a residence in Schenectady that he shared with a co-conspirator. On May 11, 2017, law enforcement executing a warrant there seized approximately 300 grams of cocaine, 75 grams of heroin and 25 grams of crack cocaine. At the residence, Robinson also possessed glass mixing cups, 4 digital scales, cutting agents, and various packaging materials, all used in the packaging and distribution of drugs.

Also, on May 10, 2017, law enforcement in Ulster County found, hidden in the engine compartment of the car that Robinson was driving, a bag containing approximately 100 grams of cocaine.

This case was investigated by the FBI and its Capital District Safe Streets Gang Task Force, which includes FBI Special Agents and members of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Schenectady Police Department, Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office, Albany County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, and the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

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