Thursday, 17 October 2019 17:08

Rockingham Police charge man with selling heroin, having stolen Gator

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ROCKINGHAM — A Hamlet habitual felon is facing several felony charges, accused of selling an addictive street drug.

According to warrants taken out by the Rockingham Police Department, 43-year-old Yusuf Robinson sold heroin to a confidential informant on Jan. 25 and 29, and Feb. 19 and 26.

No amounts of the drug were listed for the alleged transactions.

Police also accuse Robinson of being in possession of a stolen John Deere Gator belonging to Richmond County Schools on July 27.

Warrants were issued Sept. 4. Robinson was arrested Oct. 9 and given a $20,000 secured bond but released bail the same day.

He is charged with four counts of selling or delivering heroin and one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 31.

Robinson was released from prison in 2017 after serving five years for being a habitual felon and selling a Schedule II controlled substance, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

His first conviction was in 1992 for selling a Schedule II controlled substance. His probation was revoked five months later when he was convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon.

While serving time for that, Robinson was convicted of another felony count of selling a Schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor breaking and entering in Richmond County and misdemeanor larceny in Moore County.

The combined sentences resulted in Robinson being incarcerated from February 1993 until late December of 1996.

Records show that seven months after his parole ended in March of ‘97, Robinson was convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon  — which was committed prior to the end of parole — and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He served nearly nine years on those convictions, being released in 2006.

In 2008, Robinson went back to prison for another 19 months after being convicted of two counts of possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance, and one count each of speeding to elude arrest and felony breaking and entering.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.