Iowa’s Robinson Arrested on Pot Charges

While already serving a suspension from playing in the Insight Bowl, Iowa running back Adam Robinson was arrested Monday night in Des Moines, Iowa on marijuana charges.

A trooper with the Iowa State Patrol pulled a vehicle over which was missing a front license plate and was carrying Robinson as a passenger. After the trooper noticed the aroma of marijuana, he searched the car under probable-cause and discovered an unnamed amount of the drug.

The official Iowa State Patrol statement reads-

On December 27, 2010, at approximately 10:45 p.m., a Trooper with the Iowa State Patrol stopped a vehicle for no front plate on East 4th Street, south of Des Moines Street in Des Moines.The driver was identified as Ermin Zornic, age 20, and the passenger as Adam Robinson, age 21. During his initial approach to the vehicle, the Trooper detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted and marijuana was found inside the vehicle.

Zornic, the driver, was charged with Possession With Intent to Deliver Marijuana and OWI charges are pending toxicology tests. He was incarcerated in the Polk County Jail.

Mr. Robinson was cited for possession of marijuana and released on his own recognizance with a promise to appear in court on January 5, 2011, at 1:00 p.m.

Robinson was the leading rusher for the Iowa football team this season after gaining 941 yards on the ground  with ten touchdowns as well. He was suspended from the team in mid-December by coach Kirk Ferentz for, “failing to comply with team expectations and policies.”

Robinson is the second Hawkeye player to face drug charges in the past couple of weeks. Iowa’s all-time leading receiver, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, was arrested on multiple drug charges in early December.

At a recent press conference for the Insight Bowl, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta admitted that the athletic department had discovered evidence that some athletes had found loopholes in the drug-testing policy procedures to avoid detection of drug use. Barta vowed then, “to tighten up”  the drug testing.

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