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

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

— 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.

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In one of the cases, Newton was found to be in possession of 323 grams of methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

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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