Prosecutors considering drug charges against police attorney
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office is expected to consider Thursday afternoon whether to file charges against a lawyer with the city police department.
James Wesley Robinson, 50, was arrested Wednesday at his Salt Lake home in the Wasatch Hollow neighborhood for investigation of drug possession, drug distribution and illegal possession of firearms. Robinson's two sons, Alexander Jordan Robinson, 21, and Zachary Ryan Robinson, 18, were also arrested.
Alexander Robinson remained in the Salt Lake County Jail Thursday along with his father. He was booked for investigation of drug distribution and possession of drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash was found in his bedroom, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.
Police also found drug paraphernalia in Zach Robinson's room and he was in possession of marijuana when he was arrested, the report states.
One of Robinson's sons was pulled over while speeding through the city on Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the incident. The son allegedly told an officer that his house had been burglarized and he was chasing the suspects. But the occupants of the other vehicle said that wasn't the case and tipped police about drugs in the home, according to the source. A Salt Lake police spokeswoman said she could not confirm that information Thursday.
Detectives conducted a follow-up investigation and went to Robinson's home, 1955 E. Bryan Ave. While there, they saw enough evidence to seek a search warrant for the house.
Police reported finding a small amount of cocaine in James Robinson's bedroom, and a large amount of marijuana in his house in addition to marijuana pipes, water bongs, scales, a large amount of cash and four firearms. Officers wrote in the report that "several pounds" of marijuana were found in the basement.
James Robinson, who graduated from the University of Utah Law School, has been a member of Utah State Bar since 1992. He was hired to work for the Salt Lake City Attorney's Office in 2000 in the civil division. In June of 2013, he was assigned to represent the Salt Lake City Police Department on civil and transactional matters.
He has been placed on paid administrative leave.
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