Georgia man gets 5-year prison term in New Mexico drug case

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A Georgia man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison in a cocaine trafficking case in New Mexico.

Federal prosecutors say 66-year-old Willie Collier, of Macon, also was sentenced Thursday in an Albuquerque court to four years of supervised release after his prison term.

Collier was arrested at an Albuquerque bus station on Jan 21, 2014.

Prosecutors say federal drug agents searched Collier’s baggage and found he was carrying a large amount of cocaine inside a backpack.

Collier was charged in superseding indictment in June 2015 with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

He pleaded guilty in the case in August.

Prosecutors say Collier admitted he was being paid to transport more than four kilograms of cocaine from Phoenix, Arizona to Memphis, Tennessee. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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