Federal Magistrate Judge Paige Gossett on Friday denied bond in a marijuana smuggling case to J.D. Smith, a decorated former Navy SEAL who also worked for the CIA.
Gossett made her decision after a more than four-hour hearing at the U.S. federal courthouse in Columbia during which assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Garner asserted that Smith – who stayed in homes in Tennessee, Alabama amd elsehwere – was both a danger to the public and a flight risk.
New government evidence disclosed Friday during the detention hearing revealed that since Smith’s arrest in June, authorities had seized more than $420,000 in cash from Smith and his two co-defendants in the case, Columbia area brothers Carl and Bryon Rye. The Ryes were arrested after a raid in a house at 3905 Rosewood Drive around the same time Smith was.
Also seized since the arrest were more than 15 handguns and rifles, night vision goggles, large quantities of ammunition and “escape and evasion” equipment.