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Hearing held for suspect arrested during massive drug raid

We're learning more about what several men, arrested during a massive drug raid, are accused of doing.

Last Thursday, state and federal agents swarmed a Paris neighborhood, rounding up the suspects, including grocery store operator Mal Walton.

Walton made his first appearance in federal court Wednesday.

He's accused of using his Paris grocery store as a front to sell drugs such as cocaine.

According to the federal indictment, Mal Walton, also known as "Fat Daddy," is charged with conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine.

Others listed in the indictment are accused of conspiring to distribute five grams or more of cocaine.

They include Latyron Fields, also known as "Lil' Buddy", Eric Badgett, also known as "Badge", Troy Cunningham, also known as "Tweed", and Ralph Black, also known as "Teddy."

Another man, Troy Crutcher, also known as "Big Crutch," is accused of distributing marijuana.

The indictment also seeks a forfeiture of Walton's store, and his Cadillac.

We're told Walton is among around 30 other people arrested during that Paris drug roundup.

Mal Walton's trial date is set for August 25.


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