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Man Sentenced For Trafficking Cocaine In Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A man who spent three years on the run from the feds will spend the next 11 years behind bars.

A federal judge sentenced Samuel Aaron Collins on Monday for his participation in a cocaine conspiracy that brough thousands of kilograms from California to Michigan - including cities like Lansing - for more than a decade in the 1990's.

The investigation - called "Operation Holiday Express" - was led by federal officials and the Lansing Police Department.

"The City of Lansing and the country have benefitted greatly as a result of the elimination of these two drug trafficking organizations that terrorized our citizens with agony, gloom, and violent crime through the sale of narcotics," said Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski in a press release.

Collins along with 11 other co-conspirators were indicted back in 2009, by a grand jury in the Western District of Michigan.

When the investigation was going on, Collins fled. Officials tell us that he was caught him in Colorado in November 2012.  

Collins pled guilty to three counts of using a phone to facilitate a cocaine conspiracy.

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