Palmetto Man Convicted on Drug Charges
Tampa, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that a federal jury today found Stanley Collins (46, Palmetto) guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and attempt to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. As a result of multiple prior felony convictions, Collins faces a mandatory sentence of life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 25, 2012. Collins was indicted on February 23, 2012.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, from as early as 2008 until his arrest in January 2012, Collins was involved in the regular receipt and distribution of multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine in Palmetto. On January 6, 2012, Collins attempted to purchase cocaine from a confidential informant and fled from the police in an attempt to evade arrest. Incident to his arrest, law enforcement seized $149,885.00, that Collins intended to use to purchase what he believed would be five kilograms of cocaine. The United States will seek forfeiture of the $149,885 seized from Collins.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bradenton Police Department, and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow.