Tuesday, January 06, 2009

15 More of Officer Andrew Collins Cases being Thrown Out

Fifteen drug cases were thrown out this week in Berrien County because the officer who investigated them is being investigated himself.

26-year-old Andrew Collins is accused of misconduct.

He was arrested last month on drug charges and is being investigated by the FBI.

At the time of his arrest Collins was a narcotics officer with the Benton Harbor Police Department.

Since then, charges have been dismissed, convictions overturned, or defendants released in 22 cases he has worked on.

Two additional cases are going back to trial without Collins' testimony.

The Berrien County prosecutor says perjured testimony, planted evidence, and false information were factors in the dismissals.

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