Brockton Teen Admits Selling Fentanyl After Sting Operation
BROCKTON — A Brockton teenager pleaded guilty yesterday to distributing fentanyl throughout southeastern Massachusetts after he was caught in a sting operation, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Christian Collins, 19, admitted to the drugs charges after he sold fentanyl to undercover law enforcement officers in 2019 and 2020.
The officers were working on an investigation into fentanyl trafficking in southeastern Massachusetts.
On Dec. 16, 2019, Collins allegedly worked with a co-defendant to distribute 20 grams of fentanyl to a cooperating witness and an undercover police officer in Plympton.
Then on Jan. 3, 2020, he and a different man sold 10 grams of fentanyl and a Taurus .38 caliber firearm to the same witness and officer.
Also in early January 2020, Collins sold a total of 45 grams of fentanyl to the same undercover pair on two other occasions.
The Brockton teen was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and three counts of distribution of fentanyl.
The first charge comes with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, plus minimum four years of probation and an up to $5 million fine.
With the other charges, Collins could be facing up to 60 years in prison with seven years probation and a $6 million fine total.
He will be sentenced on Sept. 28.
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