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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of South Carolina

For Immediate Release

September 27, 2011

Bill Nettles, United States Attorney

Contact: JD Rowell, Assistant US Attorney
(803) 929-3036

Augusta, Georgia Armed Cocaine Trafficker Sentenced to 30 Years Imprisonment

Columbia, South Carolina — United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Lamatavous Regtez Collins, a/k/a Red, age 32, of Augusta, Georgia, was sentenced late Monday afternoon in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, for conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, a violation of Title 21 United States Code § 846. United States District Judge Margaret B. Seymour of Columbia sentenced Collins to 360 months (30 years) imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release. Collins was convicted after a jury trial in May of 2011. Judge Seymour also ordered that Collins pay a one million dollar ($1,000,000.00) money judgment to the United States based on the total value of the cocaine he distributed during the conspiracy.

Evidence presented at the trial and sentencing hearings established that Red Collins supplied a number of his co–defendants with multi–kilogram quantities of cocaine for distribution in the Melody Lane and Seymour Drive areas of North Augusta, South Carolina from 2005 until 2009. Evidence also proved that Collins was armed with various handguns during the time he and others working with him were distributing crack cocaine and powder cocaine. At the sentencing hearing Collins was held personally responsible for the distribution of over seventy (70) kilograms of powder cocaine. Collins also received sentencing enhancements due to his use of firearms and his obstructive conduct after being charged.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Regional Anti–Gang Enforcement (RAGE) Unit, which is a joint enforcement task force composed of Agents of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO), Aiken Department of Public Safety (ADPS), North Augusta Department of Public Safety (NADPS), Richmond County (Georgia) Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives(ATF). Assistant United States Attorney JD Rowell of the Columbia office and Special Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Ann Young of the Aiken County Solicitor’s Office prosecuted the case.