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State: Human trafficking suspect recorded talking about leaving country

Updated: Jun. 2, 2016 at 10:12 AM CDT
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Edward Dillard appeared before a Lauderdale County judge. (Source: WAFF)
Edward Dillard appeared before a Lauderdale County judge. (Source: WAFF)

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - The Alabama Attorney General wants additional conditions set in the event a human trafficking suspect is granted bond.

Timothy Wylie Staggs is charged with multiple counts of human trafficking. Shoals attorney Edward "Chip" Dillard also faces multiple counts of human trafficking, one count of sexual abuse, and other charges.

Prosecutors say during a recorded phone call from the Lauderdale County Detention Center, Staggs stated he might sell his property and "go to the Philippines and stay." The filing states Staggs wife is a native of the Philippines.

The Attorney General requested the following conditions if Staggs is released on bond:

  • Staggs not be allowed to travel outside of Alabama without permission from the court
  • Staggs turn in any and all passports or travel documents
  • Staggs not have any contact with any victims, witnesses, or their families

The judge has not ruled on this motion. Staggs and Dillard will be arraigned June 23.

Bond for Dillard is set at $500,000 cash. Staggs bond is $300,000 cash.

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