CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A judge has revoked bail for a former Mingo County magistrate awaiting sentencing on a federal voter fraud conviction.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Johntson ruled Thursday that 45-year-old Dallas Toler will remain jailed pending further proceedings.
Toler was returned to jail Monday night after prosecutors alleged that he violated the conditions of his bond by trying to sell cocaine.
Toler is scheduled for sentencing March 10. He pleaded guilty in December to a charge that he illegally registered a convicted felon to vote in the 2012 primary election.
The charge emerged from a widespread probe of corruption in Mingo County. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby wouldn't say after Thursday's hearing if prosecutors plan to file more charges over the cocaine accusation.
Dallas Toler, 45 was arrested Tuesday by the US Marshals Service for violating terms of his bond. He is being held in the South Central Regional jail.
According to the motion filed Monday in federal court, the US Attorney's Office requested that the bond set for Toler after he pleaded guilty to a federal voter fraud charge in December be revoked, and that he be taken back in custody.
The US Attorney's Office says that after Toler was released on bond, a new unrelated investigation found he has been involved in cocaine distribution.
Investigators say in the order that Toler allowed his personal vehicle to be used to transport drugs.
According to the criminal complaint, Toler's vehicle was stopped by Williamson Police on December 31, 2013. One of the people in the vehicle agreed to act as a confidential informant (CI) and told investigators that he had been buying and selling cocaine and sharing the profits with Toler.
Investigators say that the informant called Toler, and Toler told the CI that he needed to get the "coke" out of his vehicle, which had been impounded.
On January 3, 2014, investigators say Toler was recorded taking $850 from the CI. They say it was money that Toler believed was from cocaine sales.
They say Toler gave money back to the CI and the two discussed a plan for the CI to buy more cocaine to sell to individuals in the area.
On January 8, 2014, investigators say Toler accepted another cash payment from the CI.
According to the criminal complaint, on January 10, 2014, Toler called the Williamson Police Department to inquire whether cocaine was found in his vehicle during the initial traffic stop. Investigators recorded that phone call.
The US Attorney's Office says Toler violated the terms of his bond by conspiracy to distribute cocaine and aiding and abetting attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
A hearing on the motion has not been set at this time.
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