Police say Wyoming resident was on other end of drug deals with patrolman arrested last week


Dover Police arrested a Delaware correctional officer Oct. 26 and charged him with selling prescription painkillers to Dover police officer Jason Knight, who was arrested last week and charged with illegally soliciting the drugs.

Ashley Collins, who works at Sussex Community Corrections Center in Georgetown, was taken into custody without incident at his home in the unit block of Downy Oak Circle, located in The Greens of Wyoming housing development off Westville Road, according to Lt. Dan McKeown.

Collins' allegedly sold 30-milligram pills of the prescrition pain medication Oxycodone to Knight on three occassions between Oct. 17 and 20.

According to court documents from the Knight case, Knight contacted Collins via text message to set up the transactions. Knight allegedly picked up the drugs from a garden hose container outside of Collins' house that served as a drop box for drug deals.

Department of Corrections spokesman John Painter said Collins, who has worked for the agency since 2007, was placed on paid leave in accordance with standard DOC procedure.

Painter also said there is no indication at this time that Collins was involved in bringing drugs or other contraband to prisoners.

Collins was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court No. 7 in Dover and was released on a $7,000 unsecured bond, pending a preliminary hearing in the Court of Common Pleas.