Jackie Lynn Thompson is facing federal meth trafficking charges.
If he's convicted, Thompson, 38, will face up to life in prison.
A federal judge cited the potential sentence as an indication that Thompson might run, and he used that logic to deny bond.
Federal agents say that Thompson talked with Jaime Castillo about purchasing 5 to 10 pounds of meth over the phone.
Undercover agents reportedly purchased 14 to 15 ounces from Castillo in 3 separate purchases in October and November of 2012, and they later recovered $25,000 from the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Agents then reportedly got wiretaps on Castillo's phone, and they used that method to eavesdrop on calls between Thompson and Castillo.
Thompson also reportedly told law enforcement that he purchased at least 5 pounds of meth from Castillo.
Thompson reportedly also told law enforcement that he sold or gave away some of the drugs.
Thompson was arrested by federal agents at a home near the intersection of West 24th Street and North Redondo Avenue on January 24th.