Alleged drug ring leader faces court bond hearing

One of the men prosecutors have identified as a leader of an alleged Dayton-based multi-state narcotics ring faces a bond hearing in federal court Friday.

A bond hearing for defendant Savon Pope, 26, of Dayton, is set for 1:30 p.m. Friday in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Walter Rice, according to his case docket.

Mauricio Jimenez, assistant Drug Enforcement Agency special agent in charge, last month identified Pope as a fellow leader of an alleged Dayton-based narcotics trafficking ring, along with Dayton resident Crawford Bogle.

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Earlier this month, a federal magistrate ordered Bogle, 33, to be held in jail before trial. In that case, the court found that “no condition or combination of conditions … will reasonably assure the appearance of the defendant (in court) as required and the safety of the community.”

Federal prosecutors have said the arrests of, and charges against, Bogle and Pope were integral to the disruption of what they called a significant Dayton-based narcotics ring.

In all, prosecutors announced charges against 19 people in the alleged trafficking conspiracy they said distributed kilogram-quantities of Fentanyl and other drugs across Southwestern Ohio and other states.

“This organization was based here in Dayton,” U.S. District Attorney Benjamin Glassman said in a press conference in Dayton last month. “They used 13 residences throughout the greater Dayton area to process, store and distribute drugs and cash proceeds. But its reach was far beyond Dayton.”

“This was a Dayton-based, poly-drug-trafficking organization led by Crawford Bogle and Savon Pope,” Jimenez also said last month. “This organization distributed multiple-kilogram quantities of Fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine on a monthly basis throughout Southwestern Ohio.”

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A message seeking comment was sent Tuesday to Pope’ defense counsel, Dayton attorney Kiriakos Kordalis.

Recently, Kordalis moved to have the court produce statements by prosecution witnesses against his client, including “rough notes” and summaries of interviews with the witnesses.

Kordalis has also sought a “bill of particulars” against his client, a document detailing crimes prosecutors say Pope has committed.

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