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Traffic stop turns up drugs

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Galax man charged with attempting to distribute drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — A bad motorcycle maneuver led to illegal drug charges against a 38-year-old Galax man last Saturday, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.
A Carroll Deputy Mark Dickerson saw a motorcycle on Glendale Road near Gladeville Elementary School being operated in a reckless manner on June 18 at about 10:30 p.m.
After stopping the motorcycle, the deputy searched the operator, David Andrew Dalton of 45 Hasson Lane, and discovered drugs, the sheriff said in a news release.


The deputy charged Dalton with attempting to distribute a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of a schedule I or II drug with intent to sell, driving on a suspended license, driving while intoxicated (second offense within 10 years), refusal of blood test, driving with no motorcycle license and reckless driving.
Dalton remains in the New River Valley Regional Jail with no bond.
Other deputies who assisted in the arrest include Barry Lineberry and Justin Haga.
Dalton already faces drug distribution and conspiracy charges in Grayson County, stemming from a November 2010 incident.
After a two-month investigation, the Twin County Drug Task Force searched Dalton’s home — he was living in Fries at the time — and found meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, cash and guns.