Darwin Santana was denied bond on his first attempt Feb. 23, shortly after his Feb. 3 arrest. He was granted a $300,000 cash only bond during a subsequent attempt May 17. The defendant and his attorney, Parag Y. Shah, were in Jones County Superior Court Nov. 1 requesting a reduction of that bond.
Chief Superior Court Judge William Prior did not lower the defendant’s bond, but he did agree to allow the bond to become commercial as well as cash.
Santana is from Atlanta and was one of 14 suspects arrested in February on Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) charges in connection with what is being called the biggest methamphetamine distribution organization in Middle Georgia.
Assistant District Attorney Keagan Goodrich told the court that defendants in the RICO case were indicted in order of the culpability and Santana is number three on that list.
“Mr. Santana is alleged to facilitate drugs from Atlanta to Middle Georgia. We’ve already had a full hearing and taken the evidence,” she said.
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