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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Montana

For Immediate Release

September 22, 2011

Michael W. Cotter, United States Attorney

Contact: Jessica T. Fehr, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana
(406) 247-4637

Travis Lee Collins Sentenced in U.S. District Court

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on September 22, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, TRAVIS LEE COLLINS, a 35-year-old resident of Spokane, Washington area, appeared for sentencing. COLLINS was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 110 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 4 years

COLLINS was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to possession with the intent to distribute heroin.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), in conjunction with the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation (MDCI), began investigating COLLINS in February 2011. The ATF, using information from a confidential informant, identified COLLINS as a supplier of black tar heroin. The informant arranged a meeting between a MDCI case agent and COLLINS for the MDCI case agent to purchase heroin from COLLINS.

Between February 5, 2011, and April 6, 2011, an undercover MDCI case agent made four purchases of heroin from COLLINS, including the following approximate amounts on the following dates:

  • February 5, 2011, 3.8 grams;
  • February 5, 2011, 8.8 grams;
  • February 18, 2011, 1.2 ounces (34 grams); and
  • March 9, 2011, 27.9 grams.

On April 6, 2011, the agents investigating COLLINS arranged to purchase an additional five ounces of heroin in Somers. When COLLINS arrived for the deal, the agents seized approximately 4.5 ounces of heroin (127.5 grams), arrested COLLINS, and interviewed him about his drug distribution. COLLINS admitted that he had purchased several ounces of heroin from two different sources, one of whom was located in Yakima, Washington. COLLINS also admitted to selling heroin in both the Spokane, Washington area and to a buyer in Helena. In addition, COLLINS consented to a search of his vehicle and the agents seized an additional 25 grams of heroin and approximately 11 grams of methamphetamine.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the truth in sentencing guidelines mandate that COLLINS will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, COLLINS does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for good behavior. However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.