Details of Deputy Bohannon's request to drop indictment in Levelland drug bust - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/12/09

Details of Deputy Bohannon's request to drop indictment in Levelland drug bust

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By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - We continue to follow the developments in a massive drug bust that left a South Plains community wanting more answers.   This comes as federal agents arrest two Hockley County sheriff's deputies and 26 other people.   A Lubbock federal grand jury accuses them of running a drug ring.  

Among those arrested was Hockley County Chief Deputy Gordon Bohannon.   Bohannon and four other defendants went before a federal judge Friday for their initial appearance.   The remaining defendants will make their initial appearance Monday.

Meanwhile, Bohannon faces 11 felony charges (not including a property forfeiture) including a count of "convicted felon in possession of a firearm."  Bohannon has not yet been convicted but the indictment claims he helped convicted felon Bobby Froman possess firearms as part of the drug ring.  

Bohannon's attorney asked the court to throw out the indictment.   Court documents say "The defendant attacks the constitutionality of this statute and the sufficiency of the indictment."  Bohannon's motion also says "The indictment fails to allege that the defendant knew that he had the status that prohibited him from possessing firearms." 

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