By BRAD KELLAR
A state district judge has increased the bond for a local man arrested last week and charged with allegedly selling the illegal substance known as K2.
A bond hearing was conducted Monday in the 196th District Court for Sukhwinder Singh.
Singh, 47, of Greenville was arrested at the Campbell Store Feb. 26 and was charged the next day with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance, penalty group 2, over 1 ounce and under 4 ounces. Prior to the hearing he was being held in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond cash only bond.
Defense attorney Timothy Linden had asked for a hearing to consider Singh’s bond, indicating Singh would be able to pay a $20,000 cash or surety bond, adding that Singh’s employer was willing to assist with the bond.
But following the hearing, Judge Steve Tittle raised the bond to $75,000 cash or surety.
Singh has not been indicted on the charge and no additional hearings were immediately scheduled.
Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said several bags of what appeared to be K2, items used to smoke the drug and currency were seized by authorities. Meeks explained the search warrant served on the store and Singh’s arrest were the result of an undercover operation by the sheriff’s office.
The charge is a second degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from two to 20 years in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.