Feds argue charges against John 'Boom' Mantanona shouldn't be severed
The feds are opposing a motion to sever charges in the John "Boom" Mantanona case.
Last week his defense attorney filed a motion that requests that the charges related to the allegations of jury tampering be separated from the one count related to drugs. The defense argued the two are unrelated and would prejudice his client's right to a fair trial if they remain joined.
In June, Boom was indicted for Obstructing Justice by Endeavoring to Influence a Juror in the Raymond Martinez and Juanita Moser drug trial, and for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine Hydrochloride.
The feds argue that Boom engaged in a conspiracy to distribute meth and engaged in the protection of distributors of meth by obstructing justice. The conspiracy involved secrecy, concealment, and clandestine activity and went on for three years beginning in January 2016.
The offenses of the conspiracy to distribute meth and obstruction of justice grew out of related transactions. The same witnesses will be used to prove both counts. Trial is now scheduled or March 3