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RICO defendant given $250K bond with conditions
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Feb 27, 2014 | 2357 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One of the top tier defendants facing Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations charges was granted bond in Jones County Superior Court last week.

Michelle Denise Beckum was given a $250,000 bond by Superior Court Judge Hugh Wingfield Feb. 20. The court appearance was the second attempt by Beckum for bond. She was arrested Oct. 22, 2013 as part of a sweep of individuals allegedly involved in a drug ring that spanned 12 counties, ranging from Middle Georgia to the metro Atlanta area.

In addition to the normal conditions of probation, not violating any federal, state, or local laws, not ingesting alcohol, illegal drugs, or other controlled substances, the defendant is restricted to Fayette and Spalding counties and will wear a GPS ankle monitor while awaiting trial.

Jones County investigator Lt. Jimmy Black assisted in the investigation of the RICO case that led to the Oct. 22 arrests. In a story about the investigation in The Jones County News, Black said Robert Olin Rosser and Beckum were both top tier in the investigation. He explained the levels of the defendants ranged from one to four, with one being the highest.

He said the top tier were the leaders, level two were the people obtaining drugs from top and distributing, level three were people buying drugs for their personal use, and the bottom level are users.

The investigator said while Beckum was under surveillance, she visited Jones, Washington, Clayton, and Cobb counties.

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