One more drug dealer will be off Baltimore’s streets after a heroin trader and career offender was sentenced recently to 10 years in jail.

Davon Robinson, 35, of Baltimore was sentenced Oct. 23 to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute heroin, officials announced.

Robinson agreed to a plea deal in which he admitted the crime and accepted designation as a “career offender” based on three previous drug convictions, according to a Department of Justice release.

According to the plea agreement, on Oct. 30, 2012, Robinson was driving a red Lexus with which he committed several traffic violations. Baltimore police officers observed the illegal behaviour and stopped Robinson. An officer approached the car on the driver’s side and observed an open bag on Robinson’s lap that contained a number of clear plastic bags with gel caps containing a tan powder, which the officer believed was heroin.

According to the officer, Robinson quickly shoved the bag to his feet and tried to kick it under the seat. The officer instructed Robinson to get out of the car; Robinson attempted to flee but was restrained. Upon searching him, officers found a plastic back with four gel caps of heroin and $809 in cash. They then moved their investigation to the car and recovered the fallen plastic bag, which contained 850 gel caps of heroin. In all, police discovered 174 grams of heroin in Robinson’s possession.

According to Maryland’s Uniform Crime Report data, drug-related crimes comprised 17.6 percent of all arrests in 2010, the last year for which figures on drug-related crimes are available. Of the 270,798 arrests in Maryland that year, 47,633 were made for drug abuse law violation, including 9,274 for sales/manufacture and 38,359 for possession, according to the statistics, which were provided by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention.


Zenitha Prince

Special to the AFRO