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Cocaine trafficking suspect denied bond

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    Dustin Michael Thompson

One of three defendants indicted together by a Jones County Grand Jury for drug trafficking was recently before the court seeking a bond.

After listening to the Jan. 28 arguments by Senior Assistant District Attorney Dawn Baskin and conflict defense attorney Tim Lam, bond was denied for Dustin Michael Thompson by Chief Superior Court Judge Brenda Trammell.

Thompson was arrested Feb. 4, 2020, and charged with trafficking in cocaine, illegal drug or marijuana penalties. He was indicted on the trafficking charge Oct. with codefendants Jeannie Lynn Dickens and Jonathan Corey Daniel.

The petition for bond was brought by Thompson, and Lam was the first to speak in the hearing. Lam was appointed as Thompson’s conflict attorney by the public defender’s office due to the multiple defendants in the case who are being represented by the office.

The attorney said lives in Gwinnett County, and if granted bond, he would stay in touch and not get in trouble.

Baskin said Lam had just entered the case, and the state was ready for trial.

“Mr. Thompson was alleged to be in possession of 785.65 grams of cocaine. That puts him in the top tier for trafficking,” she said.

The prosecutor said the defendant’s criminal history contains 26 cycles that began in 2002 with aggravated assault. His history includes burglary, theft and obstruction in addition to drug charges.

“He has an aversion to following the law. He’s not from this area and does not meet the conditions for bond,” she said.

Baskin added that Thompson is a risk to commit new felonies and is a risk to the community. She asked the court to deny bond.

Lam said he realized his client had a record, but everyone is presumed innocent.

Trammell said she agreed the defendant was a threat to the community and denied bond.