A Pulaski County jury deliberated 40 minutes Wednesday before finding a Springfield, Mo., man guilty of possessing cocaine.
Twenty-six-year-old Darryl Robinson was found guilty and could face anywhere from 10 years in prison to a life sentence.
Possessing cocaine is a class C felony, but because Robinson was also found to be a prior and persistent drug offender, that reclassifies the charge to a class A felony, which carries a range of punishment of 10 to 30 years or life in prison with the possibility of parole.
According to the Phelps County Prosecutor’s Office, Robinson was convicted of possessing crack cocaine on Sept. 6, 2011.
After receiving a tip from a reliable informant, Cpl. Josh Campbell with the Rolla Police Department’s street crimes unit went to a room at the Budget Deluxe Motel to make contact with the occupants.
When Robinson opened the door, Campbell immediately observed crack cocaine in plain sight on a table just feet away. Campbell placed Robinson under arrest.
Also on the table was a scale and money, the prosecutor’s office stated. Robinson had been charged with the more serious offense of possession with the intent to distribute but the jury settled on the lesser charge of simple possession.
“Josh Campbell and the rest of the street crimes unit are valuable assets in our community’s fight against dangerous criminals,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brendon Fox, who prosecuted the case.
Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney John Beger said was pleased with the result.
“Mr. Robinson is a repeat offender and should spend a substantial period of time behind bars. The police and Mr. Fox did an outstanding job and my office will continue to vigorously prosecute cases involving dangerous drugs,” said Beger.
A sentence hearing for Robinson is scheduled for Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. before the Honorable Gregory Warren, of the 25th Circuit Court.