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Craig resident gets 9-year prison sentence for dealing meth

Crime and Courts

For up to nine years, Craig resident Duane E. Newton, 47, will be incarcerated for bringing methamphetamine into Routt County.

Judge Shelley Hill handed down the sentence, continuing the theme that drug dealers go to prison.

Newton was arrested by the All Crimes Enforcement Team on Feb. 16, 2016, after being pulled over for speeding on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Newton also did not have proof of insurance, and his registration was fictitious.

Boomer, the Routt County Sheriff's Office drug dog, was brought in to sniff the vehicle.

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Boomer indicated there were drugs in the car.

While searching the car, police found 28.8 grams of methamphetamine in a container. They later found more methamphetamine and a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue.

Police suspected Newton was trafficking drugs. He later told police he recently lost his job and was selling drugs to get by. He was subsequently charged with two felonies.

As part of a plea deal, he pleaded guilty to one of the felonies.

Other cases in Moffat County were also resolved as part of the plea deal.

In addition to prison time, Newton was ordered to pay more than $3,500 in fines.

Newton's brother, Melvin E. Newton, 50, is currently out on bond with drug cases in Routt and Moffat counties pending.

Boomer was also involved in Melvin Newton’s arrest last month in Hayden.

Police found 23 grams of suspected methamphetamine in his car, according to an arrest affidavit.

In Moffat, he was found to be in possession of 323 grams of methamphetamine, according to court records.