Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Greg Robinson and former NFL wide receiver Quan Bray were arrested after Border Patrol found 156.9 pounds of marijuana in “several large duffle bags in the rear cargo area” of a 2020 Chevy Tahoe at a checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas.
Robinson, Bray, and a third passenger were trying to get from Los Angeles to Louisiana, when they came across a checkpoint and drug-sniffing dogs alerted authorities to the rear cargo door of the Tahoe. The third person in the vehicle — an Uber driver Robinson met in 2018 — wasn’t charged. At the stop, Robinson and Bray tried to get the third person to be the fall guy for the weed, according to TMZ.
Authorities also found 23 mason jars, a can sealing machine, an electronic scale, and $3,100 in cash in Bray’s pants.
If convicted, Robinson and Bray face up to 20 years in federal prison.
Here’s more from the official statement released on Wednesday night:
Browns’ OT Greg Robinson was alleged to have 157 pounds – 157 pounds! – of marijuana in “several large duffle bags in the rear cargo area” in El Paso, Texas today. pic.twitter.com/O7UyfW7AqO
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 20, 2020
The criminal complaint charges the defendants with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. According to the federal criminal complaint, on Monday evening, the defendants approached the Sierra Blanca Checkpoint Station, where a U.S. Border Patrol canine unit alerted on their vehicle. Agents asked the driver (Bray) to park the vehicle in the secondary inspection area for further investigation. A subsequent inspection of the vehicle by agents revealed the presence of approximately 157 pounds of marijuna inside several large duffle bags in the rear cargo area.
The complaint affidavit further states that Robinson rented the vehicle in Los Angeles on Sunday and had arranged for a third individual in the vehicle, an Uber driver he had met in 2018, to drive him and Bray to Louisiana. When the trio reached El Paso, Robinson instructed Bray to begin driving. According to the complaint, when they approached secondary inspection at the Sierra Blanca checkpoint, Robinson asked the third individual to claim the marijuana and that Robinson said he would pay the third individual to do so. The third individual refused and told Robinson he/she would not have driven him had he/she known there were drugs in the vehicle.
Robinson and Bray were college football teammates at Auburn.
Robinson, 27, was the No. 2 overall pick by the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft. He played for the Rams from 2014-16, before being traded to the Detroit Lions in 2017. He signed with the Browns before the 2018 season and spent the past two seasons there, but is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. According to NFL.Com’s Tom Pelissero, “the Browns had no intention of re-signing [Robinson] anyway.”
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 19, 2020
Bray, 26, was signed by the Indianapolis Colts in 2015 and spent three seasons with the organization. He also spent some time on the practice squad for the Buffalo Bills (2017-18) and Houston Texans (2018). In 2019, he had 58 receptions for 818 yards and six touchdowns for the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL (he’s still listed on Montreal’s roster).