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Hampstead man arrested on drug dealing and weapons charges

Hampstead man arrested on drug dealing and weapons charges
Eric Franklin Collins (Courtesy photo)

A Hampstead man has been charged with multiple drug and weapons offenses following a joint investigation of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and the Hampstead Police Department.

Eric Franklin Collins, 36, of the 1400 block of N. Main Street, is charged with possession of a narcotic with intent to distribute, possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana and possession of a firearm while committing a drug trafficking crime, along with related charges, according to electronic court records.

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Collins was arrested Tuesday after the Repeat Offender Proactive Enforcement unit of the Sheriff's Office and Hampstead police executed a search warrant on Collins' home and vehicle, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. The warrant, per the news release, was the result of an ongoing investigation into suspected drug dealing by Collins.

Collins was arrested after his vehicle was stopped and police searched him, "finding multiple baggies of cocaine and a loaded firearm," according to the release.

Charging documents went into more detail, noting that police found 27 baggies containing cocaine in the vehicle and $798 in Collin's wallet, along with a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun, loaded and with a round chambered, in the vehicle's center console.

Collins could not provide police with proof that he was legally in possession of the handgun, according to charging documents.

The search of Collins' home uncovered several additional weapons, prescription pills and "THC oil," according to the media release, THC being the abbreviation for the main psychoactive component of marijuana.

According to charging documents, while searching Collins' home, police found four large glass jars containing more than 100 grams of marijuana and $5,500 in a safe, which police believe "is consistent with the resale and distribution of marijuana and not for personal use."

Collins is currently being held without bail at the Carroll County Detention Center and has a hearing scheduled for June 1, according to electronic court records.



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