CAPE GIRARDEAU - A former Southeast Missouri law enforcement officer enter a guilty plea to drug charges in Federal Court. He and four other Southeast Missouri residents in federal court on drug-related charges.
Timothy Collins, a former member of the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department, the former Howardville Police chief and a former investigator with the New Madrid County Prosecutor's Office, pled guilty to one felony count of distribution of cocaine base.
On Dec. 22, 2002, Collins sold 1.2 grams of cocaine base to an undercover law enforcement officer for $200. The sale took place inside Jasmine's, a New Madrid nightclub owned and operated by Collins.
On May 3, 2003, federal and state law enforcement agents served a search warrant on the business and arrested Collins. During a search, officers located a small amount of crack cocaine and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.
Assisting in the investigation were the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force, the Dyersburg Tennessee Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bootheel Drug Task Force, the New Madrid County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the New Madrid Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Collins now faces a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. He was taken into custody by the United States Marshal's Service pending sentencing which is set for Jan. 26.
Wayne J. Sumlin, 44, of Sikeston was sentenced to 12 years in prison on two felony counts of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base by U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber.
On March 28, 2002, and April 9, 2002, Sumlin sold more than five grams of cocaine base to an informant for the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. Both sales took place in the Sunset Addition of Sikeston, which is within the federally targeted Weed and Seed area.
In determining Sumlin's sentence, the District Court found that Sumlin was responsible for distributing up to 500 grams of cocaine base (crack cocaine) in the Sikeston area.
Dennis Lee Andrews, 30, was sentenced to 60 months on one felony count of possession with the intent to distribute 5 grams or more of cocaine base on Monday.
On April 2, an officer with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety observed Andrews taking part in an illegal dice game. As the officer approached, Andrews fled but was struck by the officer using a taser cartridge. When Andrews was taken into custody, officers found 5.2 grams of crack cocaine in his pants pockets.