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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of California

Friday, April 19, 2019

Convicted Drug Trafficker Sentenced To 100 Months In Prison

SAN FRANCISCO – Jameel Collins was sentenced today to 100 months in prison on drug trafficking charges and for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Susan Illston, Senior U.S. District Judge, following a three-day trial after which a federal jury convicted Collins of the charges.

The evidence at trial demonstrated that on February 25, 2016, law enforcement officers stopped Collins, 39, of Menlo Park, while he was driving a white Cadillac Deville with unlawfully tinted windows and expired registration tags.  Near the center console of the car was a bag of marijuana and in the passenger seat was a scale.  Collins was taken into custody and a subsequent search of the car resulted in recovery of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, a Glock Model 43 handgun, and two magazines loaded with a total of 13 rounds of ammunition.  These items all were found stowed in an air vent on the left side of the steering wheel.

On February 20, 2018, a federal grand jury handed down a superseding indictment charging Collins with four counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1); one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1); and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c).  Collins was convicted of all but the last count.  

In addition to the prison term, Judge Illston sentenced Collins to serve four years of supervised release that will begin after his prison term has been served.  Collins has been in custody since his arrest and he will begin serving his sentence immediately.  

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sailaja M. Paidipaty and Ravi T. Narayan are prosecuting the case with the assistance of Marina Ponomarchuk.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI.

Updated April 22, 2019