ECSO: Suspects found with drugs

Published 2:54 pm Wednesday, May 20, 2009

By By Lydia Grimes
features reporter

Escambia County law enforcement officials hope they are sending a message with three recent arrests: Drug trafficking won’t be tolerated.
Three suspects were arrested and charged in recent weeks with multiple drug charges by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.
Lambert said a complaint led them to investigate the case.
Marcia Robinson, 29, was arrested on April 29, and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, second degree; unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. A search warrant enabled the sheriff’s officers to gain entrance to the Robinson home, where they found the marijuana and prescription drugs in plain sight.
Marcia Robinson was arrested but her husband, Billy Robinson, was not at home at the time. He was arrested on May 8, and a search yielded more drugs and paraphernalia, Lambert said. Billy Robinson was charged with three counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance; two counts of unlawful possession of marijuana, and bond revocation.
In another case, Phyllis Kirby, 43, was arrested on May 1 and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, first degree, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lambert said that Kirby at first gave permission for deputies to search her house. After drugs were found in plain sight, Kirby tried to refuse for the deputies to search anymore, Lambert said. But with the help of a search warrant, deputies found more drugs, he said.
Kirby and Marcia Robinson were able to post bond and were released, Kirby with a $5,000 bond and Robinson with a $25,000 bond.
Billy Robinson’s bond was $15,000, but he was already out on bond on charges of possession of a controlled substance, Lortab, and a possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. He remained in the Escambia County Detention Center as of Friday.