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Bail opposed for man after manhunt

Following a week-long manhunt with rumours circulating that Neil Collins was headed east across Canada, or south to the US and Mexico, it’s no surprise that the Federal Crown will stand opposed to any bail this time around.

Collins was in court on Monday morning, appearing via video from the Kamloops Regional Correctional Facility. He does not have a defence lawyer at this point in time, but hopes to change that before his next appearance on Jan. 13 for a bail hearing.

A Canada-wide warrant was issued for Collins on Dec. 19, after he failed to show up for sentencing on multiple charges including trafficking, possession of controlled substance, possession of a firearm and possession of property obtained by crime.

He had been released earlier that month with an electronic monitoring device, but he tampered with it and spent the next nine days on the lam.

As part of the initial effort to find Collins, officers from the Kelowna and West Kelowna RCMP detachments set up roadblocks. They also arrested an 18-year-old West Kelowna woman and a 62-year-old West Kelowna man for Obstruction.

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