Drug dealer sentenced

One of three men federal investigators believe bought mass quantities of drugs from Chicago and distributed them to street dealers in Youngstown, Akron and Warren was sentenced Tuesday to nearly six years in federal prison.

Tremayne Collins, 37, was handed down the sentence Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver in Cleveland after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute drugs.

Collins and two other men were charged with being the drug ring leaders. Twelve others were indicted in federal court and 24 more in county court who authorities believe were part of the ring.

The indictment alleges that three men, Tyrone Gilbert, John Perdue and Collins, all distributed heroin to street level dealers in the region.

The trio distributed heroin from two Youngstown houses, one on Glenwood Avenue and another on Brentwood Avenue, the charges say. The members are caught on wire taps discussing deals worth $65,000 for 1.5 kilograms of heroin at a time.

Authorities confiscated firearms, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and approximately $150,000 in cash during the investigation that began in March 2009.

Court filings say Collins has three children and is the main caretaker of his fiancée and her three children. Filings say he began drinking alcohol at 10 years old and using drugs by 13.

Collins’ attorney wrote Collins believes he would benefit from a drug treatment program. The filing says shortly before he was arrested, Collins and his fiancée planned to move to Florida to be closer to his fiancée’s family.

There he planned on obtaining a commercial driver’s license or his HVAC certification to better provide for his family.

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