Elizabeth man sentenced to 9 years in drug case

An Elizabeth man has been sentenced to nine years in state prison for drug charges following a trial that took place earlier this year, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday.

Quasim Robinson, 32, must serve at least 54 months of that sentence prior to the possibility of parole under the terms set down Friday by state Superior Court Judge Frederic McDaniel.  

The date was July 31, 2014 when two Elizabeth Police Department officers spotted Robinson engage in a suspected drug transaction, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutors Meghan Tomlinson and Angela Halverson, who prosecuted the case. Following a brief foot pursuit, Robinson was arrested and found to be in possession of a bag containing quantities of heroin, crack cocaine, oxycodone, and the recreational designer drug ethylone, Tomlinson and Halverson said.

Following a three-day trial taking place in January 2016, a Union County jury returned guilty verdicts against Robinson on second-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public park, three third-degree drug offenses, and fourth-degree resisting arrest by flight.

Robinson had prior indictable drug convictions in 2004 and 2008.