Phil Collins' Son Arrested In U.K. On Drug Charges

By McCarton Ackerman 07/08/14

Simon Collins isn't the only member of the family to recently find himself in trouble for drugs.

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The son of legendary singer Phil Collins has found himself making his own headlines after being arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.

The arrest of Simon Collins, 37, took place over the weekend in the British county of Wiltshire. Police also reportedly questioned him over possession of a class B drug, but it is still unclear whether he will be charged with that crime. Simon has since been released on bail and is due back in court later this summer.

Simon has gone on to follow in his father’s footsteps as a musician. He is the lead singer and drummer for rock band Sound of Contact, who toured the U.S. last month. His drumming skills were first revealed back in the late ‘80s, when he jumped on stage at the age of 12 to join Phil for the hit song Easy Lover.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first drug scandal to rock the Collins family. Phil’s 39-year-old nephew, Philip Austin, was arrested in Peru in 2012 when police found nearly $5 million in cocaine on a yacht he was trying to sail across the Atlantic Ocean with two British women. He was released on bail in March 2013, but then re-arrested just two months later for allegedly breaking the terms of his bail. All three are still in jail and awaiting charges for the crime.

The other two women, 21-year-old Michaella Connolly and 20-year-old Melissa Reid, claimed that they were forced to transport the drugs by Philip and feared for their lives. However, Connolly said she has accepted that a lengthy jail sentence is likely in her future. "I didn't realize drugs were so big here but it happens all the time. The police have said they see girls like us all the time,” she remarked. “We’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that we’re not going home anytime soon and are doing jail time here.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.