Golden Meadow oysterman faces drug charges, LDWF says
Commercial fishing compliance check leads to arrest in Lafourche Parish
Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested a Golden Meadow man for alleged drug violations July 31 in Lafourche Parish.
According to a press release, Nick A. Collins, 42, was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm while in possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Facility.
When they boarded his oyster vessel for a commercial fishing compliance check, agents allegedly observed a firearm in the cabin.
A search revealed a metal container containing suspected marijuana, several hand-rolled cigarettes containing suspected marijuana, two grinders, one mini-scale, scissors and several plastic bags under the mattress where Collins slept, the release states.
Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute brings up to a $50,000 fine and between five and 30 years of prison. Possession of a firearm while in possession of marijuana carries up to a $10,000 fine and between five and 10 years of prison. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years of prison. Possession of drug paraphernalia carries up to a $1,000 fine and one year of jail, according to the release.
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