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

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

June 25th, 2014 by Todd South in Local - Breaking News

This is a file photo of Jumoke Johnson Jr. while in school.

Photo by Staff File Photo/Times Free Press.

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.