Former police officers arrested on drug charges

Mugshots for Richard Neaves, left, and Todd Collins, right. (Marquette County Jail Photos)
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Michigan State Police has released details about two former police officers arrested on drug and computer charges in Marquette County.

Following a three-month investigation, the MSP 8th District Special Investigation Section, arrested 31-year-old Richard Joseph Neaves, of Marquette, and 36-year-old Todd Andrew Collins, of Negaunee, on November 21, 2019.

According to Marquette City Police Chief Blake Rieboldt, Neaves resigned in 2018 from MPD after 2 years of service and moved to the Negaunee Police Department. Sources say Neaves is no longer with the Negaunee department and was one of the two Negaunee officers fired last year.

The City of Marquette 2018 Annual Report says Neaves was one of the K9 handlers to "Nitro", an explosive-detecting K9. Neaves also opened MQT Nutrition, a health and fitness store, in 2016.

Marquette Police Chief Rieboldt said Collins was employed at the MPD for 11 years until December 2, 2019, when he resigned.

A Facebook post from the Marquette City Police Department from 2018 said that Collins was the K9 handler for "Scud," a drug-detecting K9.

Both were arrested on two-count felony warrants issued by the Marquette County Prosecutor's Office. The charges are as follows:

Count 1: Conspiracy to commit controlled substance - delivery/manufacture of (Schedules 1, 2 and 3 except marijuana, methamphetamine, ecstasy, and cocaine) which is a 7-year felony and/or $20,000, and a $10,000 additional fine.

Count 2: Using a computer to commit a crime, which is punishable by 4 to 10 years in prison.

According to the prosecutor's office, the drugs were steroids and/or other Schedule 1, 2 or 3 drugs.

Both Neaves and Collins were arrested on November 21 in Marquette and unable to post bonds at that time. Both men were then lodged at the Marquette County Jail before later posting bonds.

Neaves and Collins were arraigned Monday by Judge Roger Kangas.

Both men have preliminary exams scheduled for January 15, 2020 in the 96th District Court. Neaves and Collins are both still free on bond.

The Marquette City Police Department has been cooperating fully with Michigan State Police during its investigation.



 
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