Man Caught With Marijuana, Cocaine In His Underwear Gets 130-Month Federal Prison Term

Monday, February 03, 2014
Robert Dansby
Robert Dansby

A Chattanooga man caught with marijuana and cocaine in his underwear was sentenced Monday to serve almost 11 years in federal prison.

Robert L. Dansby was sentenced by Judge Sandy Mattice to 130 months.

On Jan. 18, 2013, the ATF used a confidential source to make a controlled buy of an ounce of crack cocaine from Dansby.

Four days later, Dansby was stopped for speeding by a Chattanooga Police officer. After smelling marijuana, the officer asked Dansby if he had any marijuana on him. He pulled some out of his underwear. The officer checked the underwear for any more marijuana and found 6.3 grams of crack.

Police said Dansby admitted he planned to sell the crack that night and that he regularly sold drugs. He named his Chattanooga supplier, saying he usually bought 1.5-2 ounces from him. He also named his Atlanta source, saying he would drive there to buy crack. He said the most he bought from his Atlanta supplier was 3-4 ounces.

Dansby was stopped by city police on Aug. 13, 2013, because he had a state warrant out for his arrest. He at first denied staying at 3222 Fifth Ave., then admitted he stayed there and had a firearm there.

The residence was searched and a loaded Colt Lawman .357 caliber revolver was located as well as a box of .357 ammunition.

Dansby has an extensive record, including felony convictions for possession of cocaine for resale, attempted possession of cocaine for resale and aggravated robbery.

Dansby, who had $7,800 on him admitted that he was on his way to Atlanta to purchase cocaine. He said he was going to buy seven ounces of crack for $1,100. He said he expected to make a profit on the crack of between $2,000 and $3,000.  


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