Douglas Collins charged with squatting in an abandoned home, possession of drugs

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - A suspect has been arrested by the Port St. Lucie police after they found him squatting inside an unoccupied home.

Officers said that they went to the 2900 block of SE Ironton Avenue to investigate a burglary in progress. 

Police said when they arrived they found Douglas Collins inside the vacant home. 

During the investigation, police located a mattress on the kitchen floor and found a backpack with Collins’ personal property inside it.

When asked what he was doing, Collins told police that he was “crashing here for the night”. 

Police said that they found drug-related items at the home, including a syringe and $1,186 in his pocket.

Officers also said they found pills and marijuana that belonged to Collins.

He was arrested and charged with burglary, possession and distribution of narcotics, and possession of drugs.

Collins was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail.

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