Correction: Toby E. Walton is the Dalton man facing drug and other criminal charges in this case. An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the alleged offender.
DALTON -- Investigating a car with two blown tires led Dalton Police to confiscate more than 1,400 bags of heroin last Friday.
Toby E. Walton, 33, of Florence Street in Dalton, was charged with trafficking in heroin, operating under the influence of drugs, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle after officers discovered the drugs on the front passenger seat of his vehicle, police said.
Walton pleaded not guilty to those charges when he was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court, and was held on $10,000 cash bail/$100,000 surety bond. He is currently being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction. His next court appearance is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8.
Police discovered 1,474 bags of heroin in Walton's car, after responding to a report of a car operating without two tires at 6:53 a.m. The car was located halfway up an embankment on East Street with the motor running, the brake lights on and the driver asleep, according to court documents.
Based on the fact that the bags of heroin found in Walton's car typically sell for $10 in Berkshire County, authorities believe the confiscated narcotics contain a "potential" street value of $14,740.
The "unofficial weight" of the drugs was estimated at 29.48 grams, according to the police report. Under state law, felony drug trafficking charges can be filed when the amount confiscated is between 18 and 36 grams.
Police said Walton was also found to be in possession of $1,113 in cash and a hypodermic needle. Police also confiscated a cellphone and have applied for a search warrant to examine its contents.
According to police, Walton appeared to be impaired and under the influence when officers approached his car on Friday morning. He denied drinking, having taken any medications, or taking any drugs. When Walton was taken out of the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests, officers noticed fresh bruising on his arms consistent with intravenous drug use. He failed two sobriety tests.
The passenger side of his car was damaged, and the passenger side tires "shredded to the rims," according to police. The vehicle was towed from the scene.