Dalton man pleads not guilty to heroin trafficking charge
PITTSFIELD -- A Dalton man who allegedly was caught with $14,000 worth of heroin in his car remains held on $10,000 cash bail after denying that he was a drug dealer.
Toby E. Walton, 33, of Florence Street, was found sleeping behind the wheel of his car on East Street in Dalton just before 7 a.m. on Oct. 13. The car, which was halfway up an embankment, had two blown tires and the motor was still running.
Police allegedly recovered 1,474 bags of heroin in the car, with an unofficial weight of close to 30 grams. The vehicle had sustained passenger side damage and the tires on that side of the car had been "shredded to the rims."
Investigators also allegedly found $1,113 in cash and a hypodermic needle in the car.
Walton appeared with his attorney, Raymond J. Jacoub, in Berkshire Superior Court on Friday and pleaded not guilty to single counts of trafficking in heroin and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. He was held on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail by Judge John A. Agostini. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Richard M. Locke.
Two other men also were arraigned on Friday in separate and unrelated drug cases.
Darius "Most Hated" Walters, 20, of Robbins Avenue, was arrested last month in a motor vehicle stop in which Pittsfield Police allege they found about 28 grams of cocaine in the car he was driving.
He was pulled over by Pittsfield Police at about 1 p.m. Oct. 7 after allegedly failing to stop for a stop sign at Walden Lane and North Street. After Walters was arrested on a charge of driving without a license, police say they discovered the drugs with a $3,000 street value in the car's center console. A smaller amount of cocaine was later found in Walters' pocket, according to a police report.
Walters pleaded not guilty on Friday to single counts of cocaine trafficking, second offense possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Walters, who also is represented by Jacoub, was ordered held on $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety bail by Agostini.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Gregory Barry is the prosecutor in this case.
In January 2012, Walters was sentenced to two years in jail on three counts of cocaine distribution, along with two years of probation on three counts of conspiracy to violate the drug laws.
Ronald King, 53, of Pond Street in Pittsfield, also appeared in court on Friday and denied single counts of heroin trafficking and second offense driving with a suspended license.
King was allegedly in possession of 11.3 ounces of heroin with an estimated street value of $6,300 when he was arrested by Lenox police after a traffic stop on Oct. 13.
On Friday, Agostini ordered that he be held on $10,000 cash or surety bail.
King is represented by attorney Glenn W. Keiderling Jr. Locke is prosecuting the case.
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