Bogalusa Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Violations
August 10 (NEW ORLEANS ) - Nicholas Collins , 39, a resident of Bogalusa, Louisiana was sentenced yesterday by U. S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle to 240 months imprisonment for federal drug trafficking violations involving cocaine and possessing a firearm after having previously been convicted of a felony offense.In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Lemelle imposed 10 years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment.
On September 28, 2011, Collins previously entered a guilty plea before Judge Lemelle admitting that during a March 7, 2010 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation, he had in his residence approximately nine kilograms of cocaine, three loaded handguns, a ballistic vest, and $158,000 in currency. Collins had previously been convicted in federal court on December 6, 2000, for trafficking cocaine, and as such, was prohibited from possessing firearms. In exchange for the plea, the Eastern District of Louisiana U.S. Attorney’s Office agreed not to seek additional enhancements based on other prior convictions, and dismissed another firearms count.
After sentencing, Collins was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals Service to begin his term of imprisonment.
This case was investigated by DEA Special Agents along with the Louisiana State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin G. Boitmann.Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.JustThinkTwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.