A defendant was apprehended overseas in Dubai after being indicted on drug and money laundering charges in Anderson County, according to court records.
Moshin Agha, 30, was picked up by authorities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and then brought to the United States, according to a motion to increase bond and set bond conditions that was filed in Anderson County Criminal Court in Clinton on July 18. After being brought to the United States, Agha was turned over to state authorities in New York.
Agha, who has an address listed in India, waived extradition and is now in the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton, according to court and jail records. It’s not clear when he was apprehended in Dubai and brought to New York.
A writ of criminal capias that had been issued November 2, 2016, ordered Agha to be detained and brought to Anderson County. It was executed with Agha’s arrest by Simon Byrne, acting director of the Seventh Judicial District Crime Task Force in Anderson County, on Wednesday, July 18.
An overseas apprehension is unusual. It wasn’t immediately clear Monday if it’s happened before for someone named as a defendant in Anderson County.
Agha was indicted by the Anderson County Grand Jury in Clinton on November 1, 2016. He has two co-defendants, Shelley Dawn Hicks Robbins, 44, and Gene McKinley Miller, 43, both of Anderson County.
The indictment lists several law enforcement agencies that were involved in the investigation, which was led by the Seventh Judicial District Crime Task Force, or the apprehension, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
All three defendants were indicted on nine felony charges. Seven were charges of possession of controlled substances for resale. The eighth was a charge of conspiring to sell drugs, and the ninth was a charge of money laundering.
The nine-count indictment said they possessed, with the intent to sell, these controlled substances: Zolpidem, Tramodol, Lorazepam, Clonazepam, Carisoprodol, Sibutramine, and Diazepam.
In the bond motion filed July 18, Seventh Judicial District Attorney General Dave Clark asked that Agha’s bond be increased from $75,000 to $150,000 and that he surrender his passport until the case has concluded or the court orders otherwise.
Agha has no known family or contacts in Tennessee, Clark said.
Anderson County Criminal Court Donald R. Elledge granted the motion that same day, ordering Agha to surrender his passport to the Anderson County Detention Facility and increasing his bond to $150,000.
Agha has an arraignment scheduled for July 30.
Robbins and Miller, Agha’s two co-defendants, pleaded guilty in Anderson County Criminal Court on February 2. Their longest sentences of four years were for a reduced charge of attempted money laundering, a Class C felony rather than a Class B felony. They received two years on the drug charges and one year on the conspiracy charge.
The sentences are concurrent, or at the same time, meaning Robbins and Miller have effective four-year sentences, their longest sentences.
Both had their sentences suspended on time served, and they were placed on supervised probation with credit for time served (part of one day). They were to obtain alcohol and drug assessments and follow any recommendations, submit to random drug tests, complete 16 hours of community service, and pay court costs. They also have to provide proof of a high school diploma or the alternative GED, and register on a Bureau of Investigation registry.
Robbins was represented by defense attorney Mart Cizek. Miller was represented by public defender Ann Coria. Seventh Judicial District Assistant District Attorney General Ryan M. Spitzer was the prosecutor.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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