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Judge denies bond reduction for RICO defendant
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Mar 20, 2014 | 1649 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A defendant in Jones County’s most recent Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations case did not receive a bond reduction despite the pleading of a concerned friend.

Jonathan Burk was arrested Oct. 22, 2013 on two RICO counts and was among 42 defendants indicted on the charges in January. The arrests were the result of an investigation by the Jones County Sheriff’s Department of Robert Olin Rosser, who was believed to be a drug distributor. That investigation was joined by Putnam and Baldwin counties, then was extended to the counties of Wilkinson, Washington, and Spalding.

The facts of the case allege that persons from Jones, Baldwin, and Washington counties were traveling to Griffin and the metro Atlanta area to obtain meth and then returning to Middle Georgia to distribute it.

Burk was in court March 13, asked for a reduction in his bond.

Assistant District Attorney Dawn Baskin represented the state in the bond hearing and said Burk’s bond was originally set at $75,000 but was reduced to $60,000 in December.

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