Suspect tied to federal raid released from jail
BATON ROUGE - One of the suspects tied to a federal investigation into money laundering and synthetic marijuana was released from federal custody Wednesday.
Ariel Dunn made an initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Stephen Riedlinger, who released her on her own recognizance. He did list numerous provisions that she will have to abide by until her case goes to trial.
As Dunn left court, she shielded her face and didn't answer any questions. Her attorney, Townsend Myer, said he is sorting through the 39-page federal indictment which he received today. Dunn is accused of buying or selling items fraudulently imported to the United States from China. She is among nearly a dozen other suspects accused in this case that spans five states and China.
"She certainly has not imported goods into the country, but is alleged to be involved in a conspiracy," Myer said.
This investigation by federal agents in Oklahoma was extensive. On Tuesday, agents raided a mansion in the Centurion Place Subdivision and a warehouse owned by Tim Tran. The federal indictment alleges Tran purchased items from China, falsified airway bills, and took part in money laundering. The feds seized his bank accounts, cars, and properties, including a red Ferrari from his home.
It came as a shock to neighbors like Mary Ann Millender.
"When I saw them pulling off and driving off, I suspected drugs," Millender said.
Currently, Tran is being held in the West Baton Rouge Parish Detention Center without bond. His hearing is scheduled for Thursday.