Fitchburg Man Wanted for Weapons and Drug Charges Arrested in Georgia

August 23, 2016 GMT

ELLABELL, GA. -- A Fitchburg man wanted on weapon and drug charges was arrested in Georgia by the U.S. Marshalls Service and the deputies with the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office last week.

Fitchburg Police issued a warrant for the arrest of Avis R. Collins, 38, of 2 Marshall Road, Fitchburg in July after a search warrant they executed at 25 Charles St. led to the discovery of multiple firearms, drugs and a “significant” amount of ammunition.

Bulloch County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jared Atkins said Collins was arrested while occupying a children’s bedroom.

In the room was Gihan Alcantara, 34, of Fitchburg, who was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for receiving stolen property. There were no injuries during the arrest and the children found in the room were turned over to a family member, Atkins said.

The U.S. Marshalls led the investigation to capture Collins on the arrest warrant issued by Fitchburg Police.

Fitchburg Police Capt. Steven Giannini said the department spoke with the U.S. Marshalls in July when the warrant was issued.

A police report from the July search said Collins has traveled to Georgia and has ties there, and was considered a flight risk. Giannini said Collins was born in Georgia.

The U.S. Marshalls recently labeled Collins as armed and dangerous, Atkins said.

When the arrest was made, authorities allegedly found a .12-gauge shotgun under the mattress Collins and Alcantara were sleeping on, along with, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy tablets and powder.

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

Fitchburg Police said Collins does not have a valid firearm identification card or license to carry. In the Charles Street apartment officers discovered a Winchester 30-30 rifle, a loaded .20 gauge sawed-off shotgun and a single-shot pistol.

“It’s good for the community here and good for the community in Georgia,” Giannini said about having Collins in custody.

Atkins said a bond has not been set for Collins.

Collins will be held in Georgia until the proper extradition paperwork is filed before being transported to Fitchburg District Court, Giannini said.

The Statesboro Herald in Statesboro, Georgia contributed to this story.