Bohannon detention hearing reveals more details in drug ring - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/20/09

Bohannon detention hearing reveals more details in drug ring

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Newly released details shed more light on the depth of a massive drug trafficking ring in Hockley County. When former Chief Deputy Gordon Bohannon appeared for his detention hearing Monday, documents were presented unveiling new information in the case.

Bohannon remains behind bars at the Lubbock County Jail. Monday, a Lubbock federal judge delayed making a decision as to whether or not the former deputy will get out of jail.

Bohannon was arrested July 10th in Levelland. He faces 11 charges, accused of aiding Bobby Froman, the alleged leader of a methamphetamine drug ring.

Wearing a dark blue jail jumpsuit, shackled in handcuffs and leg irons, Bohannon appeared before a federal judge Monday. Federal prosecutors want him locked up between now and his September 22nd trial.

In a packed courtroom, they presented about 200 pages of material in support of their motion. They say, if released, Bohannon poses "a serious risk" and that he will obstruct or attempt to obstruct justice.

The documents state that Bohannon would or would attempt to threaten, injure or intimidate respective witnesses if released. Records indicate that Bohannon has threatened retaliation against officers investigating accused drug dealer Froman.

The defense, of course, wants Bohannon to have a chance to bond out of jail and be released to his family.

Also Monday, Hockley County Sheriff David Kinney's name was revealed in documents for the first time. Under indictment 109 against Bohannon, Kinney was referred to secretively as a "person known to the grand jury." Monday's documents reveal that person is Sheriff Kinney.

In item 29 of the prosecutions' 287 page document, Bohannon is heard telling the sheriff he's going to get revenge on a suspected informant. And the sheriff responds, "Yep, that'll work". But keep in mind, by June 5th when this conversation was recorded, Kinney is on the record telling NewsChannel 11 he had already been contacted by federal agents.

Sheriff Kinney has always said he knew Bohannon had a relationship with the man accused of running a meth ring, but he has always said he thought Bohannon was professional, and that Bohannon used Froman as an informant.

Bohannon has pleaded not guilty.

Twenty-one more defendants from this same indictment have a court date next week.

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