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Drug criminals sentenced in Cass Court

Published 3:25pm Thursday, November 19, 2009

By NORMA LERNER
Edwardsburg Argus

A Niles man who dealt with cocaine, stole a motor home, a tractor, a motorcycle, possessed firearms, and who fled from police going 100 miles an hour on a motorcycle with his girlfriend on the back, will now see prison bars for the next nine years.

Sentenced Friday morning in Cass County Circuit Court was Todd Collins, 39, of 2964 Redfield St., who was given 9-30 years by Judge Michael Dodge who said he could not find any substantial or compelling reasons for going under Collins’ guideline range of 108 to 180 months.

Collins admitted that between January 2002 and December 2007, he was engaged in serious criminal activity. He conspired to deliver more than 1,000 grams of cocaine. He admitted to be in possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. He stole a Ford 350 pickup truck, a 1999 Gulfstream motor home worth over $100,000, a tractor, a motorcycle, an air compressor and possessed three firearms.

Dodge said during the 100 mile-per-hour police chase, his girlfriend repeatedly poked him in the shoulder to try to get him to stop.

Dodge said as a result of the plea agreement, other charges were dismissed.

Collins got a concurrent eight to 20 years for delivery of cocaine over 50 grams; 3-10 years for stolen property over $20,000; 2-5 years for three counts of possession of firearms by a convicted felon; 1-2 years for possession of analogues; 1-3 years for fleeing a police officer, fourth offense; and a $250 fine for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was ordered to pay $1,160 in costs.

In other sentencings Friday:

• Anita Moore, 45, 19350 Stateline Rd., Edwardsburg, got two years probation for possession of meth and possession of marijuana on Sept. 2. She was ordered to pay $1,221.

• Jason Anderson, 28, 314 West Telegraph St., Dowagiac, got 120 days jail for possession with intent to deliver marijuana on July 17. He is to pay $128.

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