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Goldsboro man gets 22-year sentence on drug charges

Posted June 10, 2010

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— A Goldsboro man was sentenced to 22 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to federal drug charges.

Rowland Phillip Robinson, 33, admitted guilt to one charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. He was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and will be supervised for five years after his release.

Prosecutors said that acting on a tip, police searched Robinson's residence on North William Street in July 2008. Police said they found a bag containing 20 grams of cocaine, two orange pills and $980 on him.

Officers also said that from Robinson's bedroom, they seized 120 grams of crack cocaine, two more plastic bags of crack cocaine and marijuana, a Rossi .38 caliber handgun and a North Carolina Department of Corrections ID card with Robinson's name and picture, among other items. They also found a police scanner and a Davis Industries .380 caliber handgun in the house.

Robinson had previous convictions dating to 1994, including drug trafficking, maintaining any place for a contraband substance, common-law robbery and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injuries, according to state Department of Correction records.

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  • sixfinga Jun 10, 2010

    I spent 3 wks in jail for a crime I didn't commit and I must say, not only is the system broken from the beat cop to the judge, but these drug sentences are draconian and totally disproportionate...I don't think he should get a suspended sentence but 22yrs when murderers and rapists are out in less than 10. I'm not soft on crime and I would call the police if I saw a drug transaction in my neighborhood, but drug users, alcoholics, gamblers need rehabilitation as an option also... before we fill the prisons with nonviolent criminals doing life sentences

  • bikinibare Jun 10, 2010

    jeeze...my bad...orange pills..all that other stuff must have made me see red...lol..*wink* ...

  • shantyman Jun 10, 2010

    probably sleeping pills. all that other stuff keeps one awake for long time

  • mochabrown Jun 10, 2010

    Good they are cracking down on the drug dealers in Goldsboro. These judges need to stop giving these guys a slap on the wrist and putting them back out in the streets. The officers work hard to get these guys caught only to have the judge(s) give them a suspended sentence and they continue doing the same thing.

  • Lead by Example Jun 10, 2010

    OUTSTANDING!!! This is what gun laws should be intended to do, put career criminals in prison for lengthy sentences for possessing illegal drugs and guns after being convicted of multiple felonies. Thank God we have the federal court system.

  • 19THHOLE Jun 10, 2010

    THEY WERE ORANGE PILLS ! ! ! PROBABLY TYLENOL TO TAKE WITH HIM ON HIS 22 YEAR VACATION !

  • bikinibare Jun 10, 2010

    Wonder what the red pills were...