60-year sentence handed down in Collins drug case
Houston County Courier
Lee Albert Collins, 42, was sentenced on Monday, Oct. 24 to 60 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for delivery of a controlled substance and taken into custody by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.The trial of the State of Texas vs. Lee Albert Collins was heard in the 349th Judicial District Court, Judge Pam Foster Fletcher presiding. District Attorney Donna Gordon Kaspar presented evidence to the court that on Jan. 28, 2010 and again on Feb. 4, 2010, Collins delivered a total of more than 10 grams of cocaine to a confidential informant working for the Department of Public Safety Narcotics Division. The DPS Narcotics Division was working with both the Grapeland Police Department and the narcotics division of the HCSO in a collaborative effort to make cases against individuals who supply large amounts of drugs in Houston County, according to Kaspar.Collins was arrested on Feb. 18, 2010 for the delivery of a controlled substance and was also detained on a blue warrant for parole violations. Collins was on parole for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance that he had been convicted of in 2000. After hearing the case and the evidence of previous criminal convictions, Judge Fletcher assessed punishment at 60 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice along with a $500 fine and court costs in each case.