Former Stamford restaurant worker faces up to 20 years for drug dealing

December 20, 2018

STAMFORD — A city man with a long criminal record has pleaded guilty after he was recently caught dealing drugs in the parking lot of a South End restaurant.

Albert Lee Robinson, 57, faces up to 20 years in prison plus additional time for violating the conditions of his supervised release. Robinson will be sentenced March 12 in Bridgeport Federal Court.

Robinson was arrested in August when Stamford police caught him dealing drugs outside Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, where he worked. Police said Robinson was found with 312 glassine folds of heroin, 213 bags of crack cocaine and 18 grams of powder cocaine in five bags inside his car. Officers also seized a digital scale and $2,052 in cash.

“This man had a virtual supermarket of various different drugs in that white Subaru and he would walk back and forth to that car and was very active on the cellphone,” Stamford police Capt. Richard Conklin said. “This was a very substantial dealer arrested by Narcotics and Organized Crime, who utilized a lot of patience as this situation came into focus.”

A federal grand jury in New Haven returned an indictment in September, charging Robinson with one count of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

A day after the indictment was returned, members of the DEA’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and Stamford Police executed a federal arrest warrant for Robinson. Police said Robinson was found with a bag of powder cocaine when he was arrested.

Robinson has been detained since his federal arrest.

Robinson was sentenced in January 2004 to more than 15 years in jail, followed by five years of supervised release, for distributing crack cocaine.

Robinson was sentenced as a career offender based on prior convictions for burglary, narcotics and robbery offenses. Robinson was released from prison in August 2017 and began serving his five-year term of supervised release.


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