Feds: Schenectady man pleads guilty in drug ring case

A dozen people were arrested in 2017 by the FBI in connection to an alleged federal drug trafficking ring based in Schenectady and Albany.

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ALBANY — A Schenectady man pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring with more than 10 others to distribute heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine throughout the Capital Region, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Darren Robinson, aka “Mountain,” 54, admitted that between August 2016 and May 2017, he worked with others to distribute drugs in Albany and Schenectady counties. Robinson admitted to distributing between 3.5 and 5 kilograms of cocaine, according to federal investigators.

The case stems from a 2017 FBI drug bust that netted a dozen arrests in connection with a drug syndicate based out of Schenectady and Albany.

The overall investigation was launched in August 2016 by the FBI’s Safe Streets task force, according to court documents.


In February of 2017, investigators began to intercept Robinson’s communications, leading to his arrest in May of the same year.

In the May 2017 raid that resulted in Robinson’s arrest, the FBI seized approximately 300 grams of cocaine, 75 grams of heroin and 25 grams of crack cocaine. Robinson also was found to have various glass mixing cups, 4 digital scales, cutting agents and various packaging materials in the residence, all of which were used in the packaging and distribution of drugs, according to investigators.

Robinson already has three prior felony drug convictions and faces at least 10 years to life in prison.

He is set to be sentenced on Dec. 14.

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