West Kelowna drug case has ties to police shoot-out

West Kelowna man Neil Collins was fearing for his life when police arrested him with a stash of drugs and weapons, a courtroom heard Monday.

Collins, who is standing trial for possession with the purpose of trafficking and possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition, told that to a probation officer in May of 2013, shortly before he was arrested.

"He was talking about his relationship with his girlfriend, with his family and threats made to him," probation officer Sandra Brown testified.

Collins allegedly became aware of those threats when a police officer went to his door to warn him there was a hit on him.

By his estimates, there were four people who he was at risk from. Three of them were arrested after a  July 2012 shootout with police that ran a course from West Kelowna to Vernon.

A fourth remained at large.

To fend off those threats, Collins was armed.

"He talked about carrying a loaded 9 mm glock," said Brown, adding that he told her if they went near his family, he'd  "'kill those f^&*^s."

"He's very animated and he swears a lot when he talks."

Collins was found with a variety of prescription medication allegedly stolen from the Medicine Shoppe P\harmacy, four ounces of meth amphetamines and six ounces of pebble heroin.

His trial will continue for the next two weeks.

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