Bond remains at $100,000 for Craig man suspected of dealing meth
May 18, 2017
Routt County Judge James Garrecht on Wednesday refused to reduce the bond for a Craig man suspected of dealing methamphetamine.
Melvin E. Newton was arrested earlier this month after being pulled over by a Hayden police officer.
Boomer, the Routt County Sheriff's Office K9, was brought in to sniff for drugs.
While searching Newton's pickup, police found a light fixture containing 23 grams of a substance that tested positive as methamphetamine, according to an arrest affidavit.
When Newton was arrested, he was out on bond awaiting a resolution to two court cases in Moffat County.
In one of the cases, Newton was found to be in possession of 323 grams of methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.
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In court Wednesday, Newton's attorney asked that Newton’s bond be lowered from $100,000 so he could go live with his mother in Denver and work.
The District Attorney's Office argued Newton was a danger to the community and a bond reduction was not appropriate.
Garrecht refused to lower the bond.