Felon jailed againon narcotics charges
A three-time convicted felon was arrested Jan. 5 following a joint narcotics investigation conducted by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the New York State Department of Corrections and the Oneonta Police Department.
Wayne Collins, 47, of 12 Division St., Oneonta, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony, and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanors, deputies said.
The arrest followed the Dec. 18 execution of a no-knock search warrant on parolee Collins’ apartment by the Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Bureau. The search warrant had been issued by Otsego County Court Judge Brian D. Burns.
Deputies said quantities of the controlled substances Suboxone and Tramadol, $513 in cash and a fraudulent Virgin Islands drivers license were found. Utica-based parole officers arrested Collins that afternoon, and he was sent to Otsego County jail.
Collins was arrested there Jan. 5 on the new charges and jailed without bail because of his three felony convictions. He faces up to 15 years to life in prison if convicted of the felony.