A man already facing a drug charge in a case involving a Baton Rouge state judge’s son, and the alleged theft of cocaine and guns from the downtown state courthouse in 2012, is now under indictment on an unrelated heroin charge.
Larry Collins, 27, is currently free on bond on both drug charges, but East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Thursday his office intends to ask a judge to revoke Collins’ bond and put him behind bars.
Collins and two other Baton Rouge men were indicted Wednesday by a parish grand jury on one count each of possession with intent to distribute heroin stemming from their Oct. 21 arrests near the intersection of South Sherwood Forest and Coursey boulevards.
Collins’ attorney, Marci Blaize, declined comment on his latest indictment.
An affidavit of probable cause indicates some 30 grams — or slightly more than an ounce — of heroin was involved in the arrest of Collins, 137 Taylor St.; Jarrett Raymond, 26, 2265 Carolina St.; and Kionta Wright, 26, 4343 Rue De Belle Maison.
Collins and five others, including William “Billy” Bates Colvin, son of retiring 19th Judicial District Judge Kay Bates, were indicted in July 2013 on charges related to the alleged stealing of 48 pounds of cocaine and five guns from the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court evidence vault at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse.
Collins is charged with possession of cocaine in that case.
Colvin, who worked in the Clerk’s Office in the criminal records section at the time of his December 2012 arrest, is charged with malfeasance in office, possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine and obstruction of justice. He was fired shortly after his arrest and remains in custody.
Collins, Colvin and four others have pleaded not guilty in the case involving the cocaine and gun thefts from the courthouse. Colvin’s attorney, Frank Holthaus, has said Colvin intends to take responsibility for his actions.
Also charged in that case are Debra Vicknair Bell, of Maurepas, who was once romantically involved with Colvin and worked at the Clerk’s Office. She was fired after her arrest.
The other defendants are Bell’s son, Colt Weston Bell, of Baker; and Terrance Sloan Ramirez and Deroy Joseph, both of Baton Rouge.
Debra Bell is charged with malfeasance in office and possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine. Colt Bell and Ramirez are accused of extorting Colvin to commit more thefts from the evidence vault. Joseph is charged with cocaine possession. Colvin has admitted smuggling cocaine from the vault and distributing it for a $200,000 profit.
The stolen cocaine and guns — three pistols and two shotguns — had been seized from accused drug dealers and murderers, but none of those cases were compromised by the loss of that evidence, prosecutors have said.