Springfield Man Arrested; Believed to Be Major Fentanyl Distributor

A Springfield man is jailed facing charges connected to the belief that he was the major supplies of fentanyl and heroin that led to a series of overdoses around Springfield in fall 2019.

Federal prosecutors charged James D. Collins with a Class C felony after a search of Collins’ home on April 20.

Federal agents believe the 46-year-old Collins is the “leader of a heroin and/or fentanyl drug trafficking organization” who provided drugs to multiple dealers in the area.

During the search of Collins’ home and property, agents found a “white, powdery substance” in a plastic bag that was likely fentanyl when tested on site. Collins admitted the drugs belonged to him.

Springfield and Greene County saw a spike in overdoses toward the end of 2019, with over 60 overdoses in late October and November.

If convicted, Collins could face 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine.

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