published Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Federal judge deliberating charges in 'worst of the worst' arrest

A federal judge will now decide if the bulk of evidence against a local man charged in a major cocaine raid will be tossed out of court.

Jumoke Johnson, Jr., one of 34 men charged by federal agents in a roundup last year, argues that mistakes in a wiretap warrant should mean that evidence not be used against him.

The group was dubbed the “worst of the worst” by local authorities after a November 2013 press conference, and was the alleged source of major cocaine trafficking in the Chattanooga area.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bill Carter heard arguments from Johnson's attorney, Hugh Moore, and federal prosecutor Chris Poole during a two and a half hour hearing this morning.

Carter's decision is expected within a week.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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