Posted: Jul 28, 2014 8:48 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Jul 28, 2014 8:48 PM
TULSA, Okla. - A man from Baton Rouge appeared before a federal judge Monday for an arraignment hearing related to his arrest and indictment in a smuggling case that spans multiple states and China.
Tim Tran pleaded not guilty. A judge removed his ankle monitoring device and lifted his bond obligations, Tran's attorney told WBRZ News 2. The judge's decision in the Northern District of Oklahoma followed a federal judge in Louisiana who blasted prosecutors' evidence in the case built against Tran.
Tran is accused of smuggling illegal substances used in the making of synthetic marijuana. Tran was arrested earlier in July after his mansion off O'Neal Lane was raided by the FBI along with his warehouse in Florida Boulevard.
Tran had to appear in Tulsa since that is where the investigation originated.
"They made a big stink, big to-do about it. Turns out, it kind of fell flat," Tran's attorney, Lance Unglesby said, following the high-profile raids.
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