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50-Month Sentence for Cranston Man who Traded Xanax for Guns

Donald Robbio of Cranston admitted in court that he traded 140 Xanax pills to a federal ATF agent for guns.
Donald Robbio of Cranston admitted in court that he traded 140 Xanax pills to a federal ATF agent for guns.
Donald Robbio, 56, of Cranston, will spend 50 months in federal prison for trading Xanax for two guns, the Rhode Island district of the United States Attorney's Office announced Monday.

Robbio was arrested last June after he traded "a significant number of Xanax pills for a 9 millimeter pistol and .380 caliber handgun with an undercover ATF agent," according to a release.

Robbio, who pleaded guilty in September to being a felon in possession of a firearm, was also ordered to serve three years supervised release upon his release from prison.

Court records show Robbio has previous convictions for felony assault, firearm charges and manslaughter.

By pleading guilty, Robbio admitted to the court that he contacted the undercover ATF agent who was posing as someone who wanted to buy drugs on June 21. He told the agent he had 300 Xanax pills for sale and asked if the agent had a "toy to play with."

Three days later, Robbio spoke with the agent on the phone and arranged to meet him in person to give a sample of the pills. 

The next day, Robbio sold the agent 35 pills for $100 and agreed to meet again for another $700 worth of xanax in exchange for two firearms. 

Robbio met the agent on June 28 in a parking lot in Cranston were agents watched him trade 140 Xanax pills for the guns. He was immediately taken into custody.

Robbio was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith.
Elizabeth Roy January 27, 2014 at 05:04 PM
Yet another positive story involving this city. Geesh!
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) January 27, 2014 at 05:24 PM
I'll be posting some positive news soon, I promise.
Some Guy January 27, 2014 at 06:47 PM
I'm sorry did I miss something? How is this not positive? DEA in conjunction with CPD got a violent felon off the streets, charged and convicted in federal court, which means he does a minimum of 85% of his sentence unlike the state of RI where he would have gotten off easily. Great work getting this scum off the streets and back in prison where he belongs!!!
Elizabeth Roy January 27, 2014 at 07:04 PM
Of course it is positive that he was caught, charged and convicted. Just tired of all the recent negativity in this city. I am very pleased that another scum is off the streets.

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