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Ex-Mingo magistrate arrested for violating bond

February 11, 2014
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Mingo County magistrate awaiting sentencing on a federal vote charge was back in jail on Tuesday following his arrest for violating the conditions of his bond.

U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston issued an arrest warrant for Dallas Toler, 45, on Monday after federal prosecutors filed a motion seeking revocation of Toler's bond. The motion alleges that Toler has been involved in distributing cocaine while out on bond.

The motion also alleges that Toler allowed other individuals to use his personal vehicle to transport what he believed to be cocaine. One of the individuals, who was not identified, agreed to become a confidential informant after Williamson police stopped the vehicle on Dec. 31, 2013. A substance found in the vehicle was sent to the West Virginia State Police lab for testing after a field test for narcotics was negative.

During a Jan. 3 meeting that was recorded, Toler accepted $850 from the informant, a payment that he believed was proceeds from cocaine distribution. Toler and the informant discussed a plan to buy and distribute more cocaine, and Toler accepted another payment from the informant on Jan. 8, the motion said.

Toler had pleaded guilty on Dec. 2, 2013, to federal charges that he illegally registered a convicted felon to vote in the 2012 primary election. His sentencing on that charge is set for March 10.

Toler's lawyer in the vote case, Joseph M. Farrell Jr., didn't immediately return a telephone message Tuesday.

Toler was being held Tuesday at the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said in a statement that he expected the court to schedule a hearing on the bond revocation motion soon.

The vote charge against Toler stemmed from a widespread probe of corruption in the southern West Virginia coalfields county. In that case, he was accused of knowing in April 2012 that a person was on probation for a felony at the time the voter registration application was submitted. Toler resigned as magistrate on Oct. 9, 2013, the same day that he was charged.

 
 

 

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