Last week, Mercer County detectives conducted a raid on Taareef Robinson’s home in Chambersburg NJ, seizing a host of drugs as well as a shotgun.
Detectives from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office had been investigating Mr. Robinson for a month. Police believed that Mr. Robinson had been using his Chambersburg NJ home to distribute drugs.
During the raid, detectives and county sheriff’s officers confiscated a slew of controlled dangerous substances, including heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. Detectives found marijuana in a plastic bag on the kitchen table, 43 Percocet pills in a dining room cabinet, 47 Xanax pills in the bedroom, and a shotgun in the laundry room. The shotgun was reportedly an Ithaca pump-action type, for which shells were found. Additionally, detectives searched Mr. Robinson and allegedly found him to be carrying 10 grams of power cocaine, 10 grams of crack cocaine, 67 decks of heroin, and one (1) oxycodone pill. Prosecutors estimated the street value of the seized drugs to be more than $3,000.00.
Mr. Robinson now faces drug charges and weapons possession charges.
In New Jersey, the penalties for unlawful possession of a shotgun are laid out in N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(c). If Mr. Robinson is convicted of third degree unlawful possession of a shotgun, he could be sentenced to as many as five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison. Beyond that, Mr. Robinson could be subject to sentencing under the Graves Act, meaning that he may face enhanced sentencing penalties as well as an enhanced period of parole ineligibility.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Prescription Pills, Cocaine, Shotgun Seized During Trenton Raid, Prosecutor’s Office Says.”