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Heroin dealer sent to prison

Cary Ashby • Nov 20, 2012 at 9:40 AM

A Willard man was sentenced to 11 months in prison for selling heroin to a confidential informant.

Jeffrey L. Collins, 39, of 2948 Neal Zick Road, Lot 31, pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin Monday.

In exchange, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the state agreed not to pursue any drug possession charges related to an Aug. 14 incident. Police seized medication belonging to the defendant's mother; defense attorney Tim Dempsey requested that evidence be released to her.

Collins sold .4 grams of heroin to a confidential informant used by the Huron County Sheriff's Office, Woodruff said. The controlled purchase happened Feb. 3.

"I know what I did was wrong," said Collins, who recently gained custody of his son and daughter. "I'll take punishment for what I did."

"Mr. Collins is no stranger to the criminal justice system," Woodruff told Judge Jim Conway.

The defendant has at least four prior felony convictions, including for burglary, attempted escape and driving under the influence. Collins also has been to prison.

"The county is plagued by heroin (offenses)," said the judge, who followed Woodruff's recommendation for an 11-month prison term.

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