Judge slashes bond for man charged with smuggling cocaine

Booking photo from Houston County Jail.
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Dothan, AL (WTVY)-- A judge has significantly reduced bond for one of four men charged in an interstate, and perhaps international, drug smuggling operation.

34-year old Muta Bolden of Dothan had been held on a million dollars bond since his arrest early this year. Houston County District Judge Benjamin Lewis, on Thursday, slashed that bond to $150,000.

Prosecutors agreed to the reduction on the condition that Bolden wear an ankle monitor that will track his movement.

Dothan police charged Bolden and three Texas men with Trafficking Cocaine after officers found over $800,000 worth of that illegal drug hidden in a truckload of broccoli transported from the Mexican border.

None have been indicted even though grand juries have met several times since their arrest in February.

That's likely because federal authorities will assume prosecution of the case. A source told WTVY that will happen after a separate, though related, investigation is complete.

While Bolden's bond has been reduced, the other suspects—Alberto Diaz, Jesus Pina, and Kenneth de la Certa-- remain jailed under one million dollars bond each.

Bolden was still in the Houston County Jail as of Friday morning.