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Bond down to $100k for RICO defendant
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Nov 15, 2012 | 2434 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Requests for bond for defendants in February’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations case continue to appear in Jones County Superior Court.

The last in the recent parade of the RICO defendants was Benjamin Rogers, who was in court Nov. 1. Rogers is considered number nine in the order of involvement in the methamphetamine distribution ring that contains a total of 14.

The defendants were arrested Feb. 1 and indicted in June with Chad Nicholson, who is considered the kingpin of the illegal organization and is at the top of the list.

Assistant District Attorney Keagan Goodrich explained that Rogers is the brother of the number two man on the list, Shawn Rogers. She said the defendant was receiving drugs from his brother, using some, and selling others.

The prosecutor said Benjamin Rogers was previously given a $200,000 bond in any form accepted by the sheriff, and a subsequent request to reduce that bond was denied by Superior Court Judge Hugh Wingfield.

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