Drug search turns up loaded handgun on floor of 6-year-old boy's closet

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A handgun with an extended magazine and loaded with 18 .40 caliber hollow point bullets was found in a pile of clothes on the floor of the closet in the bedroom of a six year old boy, according to Salisbury Police.

Police had gotten a tip from the probation office that Marquise Sential Robinson, 21, was in possession of drugs at his apartment at 410 Grace Street.

The home was searched on Tuesday morning with the consent of Robinson and his girlfriend.

According to the report, police found bags of marijuana in various places, including two baggies beneath the middle cushion of a couch in the living room, and a "half brick" of marijuana in the freezer in the kitchen.

Other drugs, including 22 pills that Robinson claimed were laxatives, were found in the house.

Police found the handgun in the child's bedroom, and also found bullets for a .38 handgun on the top of a bedroom vanity.  The child was not home at the time of the search.

$668 in cash was seized.

Robinson was already on house arrest for prior weapons charges and was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of the search.  Police told WBTV that Robinson is a "validated gang member."

Robinson was charged with drug possession, maintaining a home for the drug trade, possession of drug paraphernalia, and probation violation.  More charges are possible.

Bond was set at $60,000.