Epsom Man Pleads Guilty To Firearm And Drug Trafficking Charges
CONCORD, N.H. - Eric Collins, 43, of Epsom, pleaded guilty in federal court to using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in February of 2017, Concord police officers executed a search warrant for the defendant’s vehicle and recovered two firearms, over $7,500 in cash and various controlled substances, including methamphetamine packaged for sale.
Collins is scheduled to be sentenced on March 5, 2018.
“Drugs and guns are a potentially deadly combination,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “I commend the law enforcement officers whose work on this case helped to improve the safety of our community.”
This matter was investigated by the Concord Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Georgiana L. Konesky.
The case is part of ATF’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, which is a federally-funded program intended to reduce gun violence through law enforcement training, public education, and aggressive law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute gun-related crimes.