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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

December 8, 2010

B. Todd Jones, United States Attorney

Contact: Jeanne F. Cooney, Director of Community Relations
(612) 664-5611

Robbinsdale man indicted for conspiring to distribute cocaine, marijuana

A 38-year-old Robbinsdale man was indicted today in federal court in St. Paul for allegedly
conspiring to distribute approximately 1.48 kilograms of cocaine and eight kilograms of marijuana. The indictment charges Marlon Terrell Collins with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana.

It alleges that from June of 2010 through September 3, 2010, Collins conspired with others to distribute 500 or more grams of cocaine and approximately eight kilograms of marijuana. According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, authorities learned in September of 2010 that Collins was involved in transporting narcotics from Phoenix, Arizona, to Minnesota. On September 2, 2010, officers observed Collins enter a Federal Express store in Phoenix and make arrangements to ship a large box to a Brooklyn Park address. On September 3, police executed a search warrant on the box and found drugs inside of it. Later that day, officers met Collins at the Minneapolis—St. Paul International Airport after he arrived from Arizona.

If convicted, Collins faces a potential maximum penalty of 40 years in prison. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.

This case is the result of an investigation by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Minneapolis Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen A. Slaughter.