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Former All-Pro Oakland Raiders lineman arrested on cocaine charges, records show

Broward Sheriff's Office

Barret Robbins, the massive former Oakland Raiders All-Pro offensive lineman with a history of mental illness and legal entanglements, was arrested again Tuesday night, this time over possession of cocaine.

Robbins, 45, was pulled over in Pompano Beach when an officer noticed him driving a white Kia with stolen tags. According to the arrest form, before being taken into custody, Robbins informed the officer that he knew the tag didn’t belong on the vehicle and that there was a crack pipe inside the car.

Robbins was arrested and taken to Broward County’s main jail on charges of cocaine and drug paraphernalia possession.

His most recent arrest comes two years after a bizarre and violent incident in Boca Raton involving two women.

Police at the time that Robbins, who is six-foot-three and well over 350 pounds, repeatedly punched two women outside the Best Western hotel on North Federal Highway in Boca Raton. He was charged with two counts of felony battery and was later convicted, records show. He served 267 days in jail and paid about $1,000 in fines.

Robbins, who has a history of depression and bipolar disorder, made national headlines in 2005 when three officers found hiding in a bathroom of a Miami Beach building above a local bar on Washington Avenue. The encounter turned into a violent struggle that ended with one bullet piercing Robbins’ heart and another hitting his lung. The officers who said they were tossed around like rag dolls by Robbins, were also injured.

Robbins was sentenced in that case to five years in prison on an attempted murder charge.

Yet Robbins issued actually surfaced two years earlier than the encounter with police on Miami Beach. In 2003, two days before the Raiders were set to play in Super Bowl XXXVI, Robbins disappeared. The team benched him for the game. He was eventually cut by the Raiders after testing positive for the steroid THG.

You might think that only some types of people can get addicted to drugs. The truth is, it can happen to anyone, whether you're young or old, rich or poor, male or female.

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