Springfield man sentenced to 20 years for methamphetamine and illegal firearms conspiracy

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield, Mo., man was sentenced today in federal court for his role in a conspiracy that distributed at least 25 pounds of methamphetamine in southwestern Missouri and for illegal possession of firearms.

Gregory D. Robinson, 45, was sentenced by US District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 20 years in federal prison without parole.

On February 8, 2022, Robinson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, two counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug offense, and one count of of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Robinson admitted that he participated in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Greene and Polk counties from April 10, 2019 to March 30, 2020. According to court documents, Robinson conspired with family members to distribute at least 11 kilograms of methamphetamine in Southwest Missouri. area. Law enforcement officers seized more than 500 grams of methamphetamine from members of the conspiracy.

During a traffic stop on February 9, 2020, a Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy found a Ziploc bag containing 55.97 grams of methamphetamine in Robinson’s jacket. Robinson also had $2,500 in cash.

Springfield police officers conducted another traffic stop of Robinson on March 30, 2020, when a woman reported that he had threatened her with a firearm. Robinson resisted arrest and threatened to kill the officers. An officer removed two pistols from Robinson’s waistband: a .40 caliber FNH semi-automatic pistol, loaded with five rounds of hollow point ammunition, and a Sturm Ruger 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Agents also found a bag containing 54.32 grams of methamphetamine in Robinson’s pants pocket. Robinson has been in federal custody since his arrest.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Robinson has three prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance and one prior felony conviction for tampering. In addition to felony convictions, Robinson has multiple misdemeanor convictions for aggressive conduct and at least 57 felony arrests.

Robinson is among 11 defendants who have been charged in this case. Three co-defendants have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

Prosecuting the case is Assistant US Attorney Jessica R. Eatmon and Special Assistant US Attorney Cameron A. Beaver. He was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Springfield, Mo. Police Department, the Greene County, Mo. Sheriff’s Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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