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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Schenectady Man Admits to Leading Capital Region Drug Trafficking Ring

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Darren Clay Robinson, aka “Mountain,” age 54, of Schenectady, New York, and Teaneck, New Jersey, pled guilty today to conspiring with more than 10 people to distribute heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine throughout the Capital Region.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and James N. Hendricks, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Robinson admitted that from August 2016 to May 2017, he worked with others to distribute heroin, cocaine base (aka crack cocaine) and cocaine in Albany and Schenectady Counties.  Robinson admitted to distributing between 3.5 kilograms and 5 kilograms of cocaine as part of the conspiracy.

Robinson stored drugs at a Schenectady residence that he shared with co-defendant Lashaunda Tarver.  On May 11, 2017, law enforcement executing a warrant there seized approximately 300 grams of cocaine, 75 grams of heroin and 25 grams of crack cocaine.  At the residence, Robinson also possessed various glass mixing cups, 4 digital scales, cutting agents, and various packaging materials, all used in the packaging and distribution of drugs.

Also, on May 10, 2017, law enforcement in Ulster County found, hidden in the engine compartment of the car that Robinson was driving, a bag containing approximately 100 grams of cocaine.   

Robinson, who has 3 prior drug felony convictions, faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison, and at least 8 years of post-imprisonment supervised release, when he is sentenced by United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino on December 14, 2018.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

The following defendants have also pled guilty in connection with the conspiracy:



Jose Gilberto Harris


Lashaunda Tarver, aka “Shaunda”


Bobby R. Graham


Marty Humphrey


Jalessa Scott


Willie C. Hayes, aka “Man”


Kimberly Petties, aka “Shorty”


Manuel Clemente


Corey J. White, aka “Stacks”


Shenika Boyd, aka "Misses" 38

As part of this investigation, Scott also pled guilty in Schenectady County Court to criminal possession of a firearm.

The following defendants still face charges in this case: Yusef Boothman, aka “Rocket,” age 38, of Schenectady, and Kristy L. Smith, age 39, of Schenectady.  The charges against these defendants are merely accusations.  The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the FBI and its Capital District Safe Streets Gang Task Force, which includes FBI Special Agents and members of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Schenectady Police Department, Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office, Albany County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, and the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.


Drug Trafficking
Updated November 22, 2018