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Bond reduced for man arrested in January Mitchell meth bust

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A judge has granted a request for bond reduction for one of the two men arrested in a massive meth bust in Mitchell.

27-year-old George Valles has pled not guilty to a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute more than 140 grams.

Today, Defense Attorney Todd Morten requested a bond reduction for Valles, who was being held on a $500,000 bond at 10%. Morten contends that Joseph Lowery- the other man charged in the bust- has a rap sheet three times longer than Valles, and was granted a bond reduction. He contends that Valles' bond was "unnecessarily high."

Judge Leo Dobrovolny approved the request, and reduced bond to $300,000 at 10%.

They also set a date for a motion to suppress for May 6th at 1:30 p.m. Morten says that police entered his home without consent, and there was no basis for a protective sweep of the home. During the search, investigators found more than 18 ounces methamphetamine. He says all the evidence seized in the search should be suppressed.

Valles is being charged with a Class IB felony; if convicted he would face a mandatory minimum of 20 years behind bars.

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