Smuggling suspect bonds out of jail
BATON ROUGE - A man accused of taking part in an smuggling ring that brought ingredients to make synthetic marijuana into Louisiana from China bonded out of jail Friday.
Tim Tran posted bond around noon and left the West Baton Rouge Parish jail.
Federal Magistrate Judge Stephen Riedlinger initially gave Tran a $10,000 bond during a detention hearing Thursday. The judge later amended that to reflect the bond he intended to give, which was $100,000. Tran posted bond for the corrected amount.
Prosecutors accused Tran and around a dozen other people of running a smuggling operation to ship chemicals into the U. S. from China under false labels, and falsify lab reports over the chemicals' content.
Riedlinger criticized prosecutors during Thursday's detention hearing, saying they came to him with a weak case which didn't have sufficient evidence. He also noted the chemicals Tran is accused of smuggling were legal in Louisiana at the time they were ordered.
Federal authorities arrested Tran after raiding his Baton Rouge mansion and a warehouse he owned Tuesday. Another suspect arrested in the raid, Ariel Dunn, was released on her own recognizance Wednesday.