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Bulloch assists US Marshals in arrest
'Dangerous' suspect found sleeping in Ellabell home
Gihan Alcantara

Bulloch County sheriff's deputies aided the U.S. Marshals Service in arresting who they said was an armed and dangerous man located in the Ellabell community.

Avis Collins, 38, of Eldora Road in Ellabell, was wanted on a warrant issued out of Massachusetts for weapons charges. He was arrested while occupying a child's bedroom, said Bulloch County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Akins.

Found sleeping in the room and also arrested was Gihan Alcantara, 34, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

The U.S. Marshals were actively seeking Collins last week and labeled him as armed and dangerous, Akins said.

"The U.S. Marshals requested assistance from the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office after determining that Collins was located at 3047 Eldora Road," Akins said. "Sgt. Rey Rodriquez assisted ... in the execution of the arrest warrant."

Rodriquez also found a 12-gauge shotgun under the mattress on which Collins and Alcantara were sleeping.

"A search of Collins' person and clothing resulted in quantities of cocaine, marijuana and MDMA (ecstasy) tablets and powder," he said.

Due to the discovery, the Statesboro-Bulloch County Crime Suppression Team was called to the scene to assist in the investigation, he said.

"The 12-gauge shotgun ... was found to have been stolen in a burglary in Effingham County in 2013," Akins said. "The children that were also present at the residence were turned over to a family member."

Collins is charged with cocaine possession, theft by receiving stolen property (firearm), possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, marijuana possession and wanted person out of Massachusetts.

Alcantara is charged with theft by receiving stolen property (firearm).

Both were taken to the Bulloch County Jail to await further court hearings, he said.


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