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Bond remains at $100,000 for Craig man suspected of dealing meth

Matt Stensland

Melvin E. Newton

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.

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