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Wise County, VA attorney pleads guilty to federal drug charges

ABINGDON, VA (WYMT/WJHL) - A Wise County, Virginia attorney has pleaded guilty to four felony counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud in federal court.

Stuart Collins, 43, is an attorney in Wise, Virginia.

According to the United States Attorney's office, if the Court accepts the plea agreement, Collins will be sentenced to 20 months in prison.

"The guilty pleas entered today demonstrate that no person is above the law," United States

Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said Monday. "The 20 month sentence of imprisonment called for in this plea agreement reflects the United States Attorney's Office insistence that Collins's obstructive conduct be taken into account in determining an appropriate punishment."

Collins is scheduled to be sentenced on September 10, 2013, at the Federal Courthouse in Abingdon.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Bristol Office of the Federal Bureau of

Investigation with the assistance of the Virginia State Police, Southwest Regional Drug Task Force, Wise County Sheriff's Office and Wise Police Department.


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