AN NFL player who was a highly-touted prospect was busted by US Border Patrol agents after he was found with a whopping 157 pounds of marijuana in a rental car.
Gregory Robinson, a 27-year-old offensive lineman with the Cleveland Browns, is facing up to 20 years in federal prison following Monday’s arrest in Texas.
The pot found in the car has a street value up to $750,000. Robinson made more than $5 million in salary last season.
Robinson was in the vehicle with two others when they were stopped by a Border Patrol agent in a remote part of West Texas, according to authorities.
A drug-sniffing dog detected the scent of marijuana, and the agent called ahead to the patrol’s checkpoint.
Agents at the checkpoint found “several large duffel bags” containing the marijuana.
Also found were glass jars and packaging equipment along with $3,100 in cash.
Investigators say Robinson rented the vehicle in Los Angeles on Sunday and had arranged for an Uber driver he had met in 2018 to drive him and Jaquan Bray to Louisiana.
Bray, who was also hit with charges, was driving the vehicle when it was stopped by agents.
Robinson had instructed Bray to take over the driving once the group reached El Paso, according to the criminal complaint.
Authorities say Robinson asked the third individual to claim responsibility for the marijuana, and said he would pay.
The third individual declined, and “told Robinson he/she would not have driven him had he/she known there were drugs in the vehicle,” according to investigators.
The third person told authorities that Robinson and Bray were acting strange during the trip when he drove “slightly over the speed limit.”
The individual said that “Robinson and Bray were very nervous” and then “relieved” when they were not stopped by police.
Robinson and Bray were charged this week with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.
The Uber driver, who often drove and ran errands for Robinson and his family and friends, was not charged.
Both suspects were being held in the El Paso County Detention Center without bond as they wait to appear before a judge.
Robinson, who starred at Auburn University, was the second player taken in the 2014 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.
The 6-foot-5, 330-pound offensive tackle signed with the Browns in 2018, but will become a free agent this spring and is not expected to be re-signed.
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