Local woman sent to prison

Defendant pleads guilty to possessing cocaine.
Cary Ashby
Aug 25, 2014


A Wakeman woman who pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine was sentenced to one year in prison.

Desiree M. Collins, 56, of 16C E. Main St., will serve six months for a series of probation violations consecutive to the cocaine case. She was credited with being imprisoned for slightly more than three months. Huron County Public Defender David Longo referred to the joint recommendation with the state as a "package plea."

On July 3, the Wakeman Police Department was investigating a missing persons case when officers encountered Collins and two other people. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said one of the people dropped what appeared to be a crack cocaine pipe.

"She (Collins) gave consent to search her purse," Kasper said.

During the search, the officer found a cigarette pack containing two rocks of crack cocaine and two crack pipes, Kasper said. A lab test by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation determined there was less than 1 gram of cocaine.

Also during the Aug. 14 hearing in Huron County Common Pleas Court, Collins admitted to several probation violations. She was charged with possession of drugs July 3 through Norwalk Municipal Court and later convicted. Also on July 3, Collins admitted she wasn't at her listed address during curfew and four days later, tested positive for cocaine when she submitted a urine sample at the jail.

The defendant's underlying conviction is possession of cocaine.

The Huron County Sheriff's Office had received a tip Collins and her live-in boyfriend went to Lorain County to buy cocaine. Deputies made a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 20 and Ohio 60 just inside the Huron County line July 27, 2013. Collins was stopped for driving with a suspended license.

"Crack cocaine was found inside the vehicle," assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said earlier.

Deputies, who also seized a crack pipe from the vehicle, had the white substance tested at the Mansfield police lab and determined it was .059 grams of cocaine.



damn, there goes my calendar cover girl..


Anyone wanna guess the "live in boyfriend"???!