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JPD arrest 2 after finding thousands of child porn images

Gregory R. Smith (Source: Jonesboro Police Dept.) Gregory R. Smith (Source: Jonesboro Police Dept.)
Joshua D. Collins (Source: Jonesboro Police Dept.) Joshua D. Collins (Source: Jonesboro Police Dept.)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- A recent undercover operation by detectives of the Jonesboro Police Department has led to the arrest of two men on multiple charges, including child pornography.

Gregory Randall Smith, 40, is charged with distributing, possessing and/or viewing matter depicting sexual conduct involving a child; two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Joshua David Collins, 20, is also charged distributing, possessing and/or viewing matter depicting sexual conduct involving a child; possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court documents obtained by Region 8 News, Smith was arrested after police searched his home in the 1500-block of Granger Drive and discovered a laptop containing more than 5,000 images of child pornography. 

Smith told investigators he used his computer to search for videos and images of girls, 13-15 years of age, and for images of bestiality.

During the search officers reported finding a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and numerous pills.

Police arrested Collins on Tuesday following a multi-state investigation over the past several months.

Jonesboro detectives began investigating Collins in June after being contacted by Indiana State Police who had traced his IP address to a home in Chesterton.  According to the probable cause affidavit, investigators there discovered Collins had recently moved to Jonesboro.

On Tuesday officers executed a search warrant at his apartment in the 900-block of Links Drive.  Officers seized a laptop, three cell phones, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

During a recorded interview,  Collins admitted he used his laptop "numerous times" to download and view child pornography in Arkansas and Indiana, the court records stated.

Collins also stated he transported child pornography from Indiana to Jonesboro.

He reportedly told police he began viewing child pornography when he was 10 years old.

Both men are due back in court on November 25.  Collins remains in the Craighead County Detention Center.  Smith is currently out of custody.

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