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.