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Former cops charged with drug offenses

MARQUETTE — Two former law enforcement officers in Marquette County were arraigned on drug-related charges Monday in 96th District Court.

Following a three-month investigation, detectives from the Michigan State Police Eighth District, Special Investigation Section, arrested Richard Joseph Neaves, 31, of Marquette and Todd Andrew Collins, 36, of Negaunee on two-count felony warrants issued by the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office, according to a state police press release.

Count 1 was conspiracy to commit controlled substance-delivery/manufacture (schedules 1, 2, 3 except marihuana, methamphetamine, ecstasy and cocaine), which is a seven-year felony and/or $20,000 and a $10,000 additional fine. The second count was using a computer to commit a crime, which carries a maximum imprisonment of four years or more but less than 10 years.

State police Det. Lt. Christopher Croley said the controlled substance was steroids, a schedule 3 drug.

Neaves was formerly an officer with the Marquette City Police Department and the Negaunee Police Department and Collins was an officer with the Marquette department, Croley said.

Both Neaves and Collins were arrested on the above charges on Nov. 21 in Marquette County and unable to post the required bonds. Both men were subsequently lodged at the Marquette County Jail and were later released after posting bond.

Both were arraigned on the charges Monday in district court by Judge Roger Kangas. A preliminary examination for both men is scheduled for Jan. 15 in district court.

Neaves and Collins remain free on bond pending their next appearance in court.

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