A former Brunswick man who was part of a group that packaged crack cocaine at a Portland hotel for distribution in 2013 has been sentenced to serve nearly 17 years in federal prison.

Garry Collins, 46, was sentenced by Judge D. Brock Hornby on Feb. 26 in U.S. District Court in Portland to serve 200 months in prison followed by eight years of supervised release.

Collins and a woman were recorded by a surveillance camera on June 4, 2013, as they left the Clarion Hotel in Portland. He was arrested as he sat in his car hours later at the intersection of Walker and Brackett streets in the city’s West End. His passenger, Kristie Parsons, was subject to random searches as a bail condition, and police found just under 60 grams of cocaine in a bag in the car, according to court records.

Collins faced an enhanced sentence as a career offender because of his prior convictions for drug trafficking and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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