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No. 3 defendant in meth ring granted bond
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Feb 28, 2013 | 1954 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An Atlanta man who is considered to be number three on the list of defendants in a 2012 Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization case was granted bond last week.

Darwin Santana was one of 14 suspects arrested in February 2012 on RICO charges and was considered the supply resource for the methamphetamine distribution ring that spanned Middle Georgia.

He was arrested Feb. 3, 2012, and his first attempt at bond was Feb. 23 in front of Superior Court Judge James Cline. The judge denied his bond. Santana came back May 17 in front of Superior Court Judge Lee Parrott. Because of the length of time he had spent at the Jones County Law Enforcement Center, he was granted a $300,000 cash bond.

The defendant and his attorney, Parag Y. Shah, were back Nov. 1 requesting a reduction of that bond. Chief Superior Court Judge William Prior did not lower the defendant’s bond amount but he did agree to allow the bond to become commercial as well as cash.

The defendant was ultimately granted bond Feb. 21 by Cline in the amount of $10,000 after spending more than a year in the Jones County Law Enforcement Center.

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