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Former Mingo Co. magistrate Dallas Toler accused of distributing cocaine

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A former Mingo County magistrate is accused of distributing cocaine after he pleaded guilty to an unrelated federal charge.

Documents unsealed in federal court Feb. 11 claim Dallas Toler violated the terms of his probation.

Toler allowed his personal vehicle to bring cocaine into the Southern District of West Virginia, according to a motion filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby and Assistant U.S. Attorney Haley Bunn. The people using Toler's car were stopped by Williamson Police Dec. 31, 2013.

The motion indicates one of the individuals agreed to act as a confidential informant. That individual admitted he had been buying and selling cocaine, then sharing the profits with Toler, according to the court documents. (The substance in Toler's vehicle field tested negative for narcotic substances, but it was later sent to the West Virginia State Police Lab for further examination, a footnote explained. The informant reportedly told police he had purchased an "eight ball" of cocaine, cut with wax.) 

In a recorded phone interview with the informant, Toler agreed he needed to get the "coke" out of his car upon learning it was impounded, according to the motion.

On Jan. 3, Toler accepted $850 from the informant he believed stemmed from a cocaine sale. During that meeting, which was recorded, Toler gave money to the informant. The pair then reportedly discussed plans to sell more cocaine to other people in the area.

Toler also called the Williamson Police Jan. 10 to ask whether cocaine had been found in his vehicle during the previous traffic stop, the documents indicate. The Mingo County's Sheriff's Department recorded the conversation.

A warrant for Toler's arrested was issued, and his bond was revoked. U.S. Marshals arrested Toler sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

Toler previously pleaded guilty to voter registration fraud Dec. 2. He was released on an unsecured $10,000 personal recognizance bond. Toler was released on the terms he would not violate any state or federal laws.

Toler is accused of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and aiding and abetting attempted possession of cocaine. He was taken to South Central Regional Jail.

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