BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A Baton Rouge man pleaded guilty in a federal court to drug and gun charges.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice news release, Mitchell Robinson, 33, of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, more than 40 grams of fentanyl, heroin and tramadol, possession of a firearm in development of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On May 11, 2022, deputies with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at Robinson’s residence. According to court documents, during the search, deputies found the following items:
- 2.17 grams of fentanyl
- 218.3 grams of methamphetamine
- 22.89 grams of methamphetamine
- 56 suboxone 8mg/2mg prescription strips
- 390 tramadol pills
- a digital scale
- 2 handguns and ammunition
- 4.01 pounds of marijuana
- 884.1 grams of methamphetamine
- 439.7 grams of methamphetamine
- 194.46 grams of fentanyl
- 3.12 pounds of marijuana
- 55.59 grams of heroin
Robinson was incarcerated before the death of his 2-year-old son, Mitchell Robinson III. The child reportedly died by fentanyl overdose on June 26, 2022.
The mother, Whitney Ard, was arrested and initially charged with negligent homicide, which was later upgraded to second-degree murder following an indictment. Her trial is set for Jan. 29.
Robinson was convicted in East Baton Rouge Parish on charges of simple burglary and carnal knowledge of a minor back in September 2010, according to court documents. He was also convicted in January 2011 in Ascension Parish on charges of burglary of a dwelling and aggravated burglary.