By Leeann Akers - Managing Editor
Oct. 3, 2012 — Several individuals linked to sting operations Sept. 19 and 21 have appeared in Carter District Court for preliminary hearings.
On Monday, Karamario James, who is charged with first degree trafficking in a controlled substance, appeared with his lawyer, Michael Curtice.
A FADE detective testified that officers were told that some drug trafficking was taking place at the Super 8 motel in Grayson.
After five hours of observation, James was taken into custody and his room was search. FADE seized $10,000 in cash and several pills that are believed to be oxycodone.
During FADE's testimony, Curtice accused the detective of racism.
“He's saying a black young man from Detroit has no business being in Carter County, which is discriminatory,” Curtice told District Judge Rupert Wilhoit.
James' case was bound over to the grand jury.
Curtice also called James' $100,000 cash bond was “oppressive” and asked for the court to allow James to do home incarciration in Detroit.
“He should be afforded the same opportunities as the citizens of the commonwealth,” Curtice said. “This is being made into a race issue.”
Curtice was the only one in the courtroom to mention race. Wilhoit said he would review a possible bond reduction, but has not made any adjustments at press time.
A preliminary hearing for Paul Foutner and Mario White was also held Monday. The two were appointed public defender Jonathan Cochran.
FADE also testified in this case, saying a cooperating witness told detectives that the two accused men were “coming down from Detroit to sell heroin and crack cocain.”
After completing a successful controlled buy, FADE arrested the two men and seized 9.98 ounces of heroin.
The case was bound over to the grand jury. Cochran requested a bond reduction, but the motion was rejected.
“They gave false names, they are from out of town, and they are a danger to community,” Wilhoit said. “Stick with $100,000”
Several individuals arrested in the sting operation conducted by FADE Sept. 19 appeared in District Court on Thursday.
James Sagraves, Michael Sagraves, Raymond Evans, James Holbrook, Dustin Blevins, Patrick Burton, Noah Bunner, Vanessa Gollihue and Justin Evans, who were all facing charges of trafficking in a controlled substance had their charges ammended. They are now charged with First degree solicitation of drug trafficking, a Class A. misdemeanor.
Robert Parson's case was bound over to the grand jury. FADE testified that circumstances for Parson were different than those accused who had their charges ammended.