Monday, January 25, 2010

Court Hearings Scheduled In Separate Drug Cases

Can an alleged drug dealer use drug money to post his bond and get out of jail? That's a question which will be the subject of a hearing in General Sessions court later this week. 66-year-old Donnie B. Fritts of Mackie Road was out on bond after being arrested on drug charges when he was picked up again last week -- allegedly selling oxycontin pills in the parking lot of the Walmart store. He is now being held without bond until a hearing on Wednesday in which the District Attorney's office is expected to argue that any money Fritts has made from drug-dealing cannot be used to help make his bond. Depending on the ruling in the case, Fritts may be held in jail without the opportunity to make bond until the charges against him are resolved.

Meanwhile, a criminal court arraignment is scheduled today for two men charged with selling drugs in a school zone. Authorities say 20-year-old Mahad Abdi of Antioch and 28-year-old Ivor Odarkwei Hansen of Cookeville were indicted after evidence was presented to the grand jury. The two are alleged to have sold marijuana to an undercover Cookeville police officer in October of 2009. The sales allegedly took place near the campus of Tennessee Tech, but also occurred within a thousand feet of Prescott Central Middle School. Officials say the penalty for selling drugs in a school zone is more severe than it would be otherwise for a drug conviction.