Coke Dealer Pardoned By Obama—Now Charged...With Dealing Coke

RealClear Staff


During Barack Obama’s presidency, he commuted a drug dealer’s sentence. Now, that same dealer’s back in jail—recidivism...

[Robert M. Gill | Photo: Lisa Krantz]

When Obama was nearing the end of his time, he must’ve been feeling like the proverbial cat who ate the canary. He was signing off on commutations and pardons for a slew of criminals—including a drug dealer who trafficked cocaine, crack, marijuana and methamphetamine. He green lighted folks who’d been busted with 200 pounds of drugs and an array of weapons. In total, 1,700 criminals were set free.

Robert M. Gill (aka Robert M. Martinez-Gil) was among the myriad of lawbreakers let out. In 1990, this man was charged with possession of and an intent to sell cocaine and heroin—he was given a life sentence for his crimes.

However, then-president Obama felt Gill had served enough time. When liberating Gill, he said, “You have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around. ... Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity.”

Gill took those words and ran—back to drugs. In the first, few days of February 2017, according to federal officials’ documents, upon Gill checking in with his probation officer, pardoned Gill headed out to a shopping-center parking lot and attempted to purchase over two pounds of cocaine. Unbeknownst to him, authorities had been surveilling him since January when word was received Gill had once again immersed himself in illegal drugs. Almost immediately upon the parking-lot deal, a Bexar County sheriff’s deputy tried to pull Gill over—but he sped away.

However, in Gill’s attempt to elude authorities, he crashed his car into another automobile but continued in his escape efforts. But as other officers detained him, they found the cocaine in a black backpack. Gill admitted to his plans to distribute the drugs.

“I’m so disappointed to hear that he got arrested again,” Gill-lawyer Ronald Schmidt said in an interview. “We all have free will; and apparently, he made a bad decision again, and he’s going to have to suffer the consequences again. That’s unfortunate.”

According to the federal affidavit, Gill “related that he was going to sell the cocaine to make money and would be paying a female $26,000 for the cocaine.”



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