CHARLESTON, W.Va. --Wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackled at his ankles, the former chief magistrate of Mingo County had his bail revoked Thursday.
Dallas "Big Dal" Toler will remain in jail, "pending further proceedings," U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston said. Toler was arrested Monday night after federal prosecutors alleged that he violated the conditions of his bail by trying to sell cocaine.
Toler, 45, pleaded guilty in December to one count of voter registration fraud. He admitted that he submitted a voter registration application in April 2012 in the name of a convicted felon, who was on probation at the time.
Johnston is scheduled to sentence Toler on the voter registration charge on March 10. He's being held in South Central Regional Jail.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby wouldn't say after the hearing if prosecutors plan to file more charges over the cocaine accusation.
Johnston issued a warrant Monday for Toler's arrest after federal prosecutors filed a motion saying "a separate investigation from the underlying prosecution revealed that the defendant has been involved in the distribution of cocaine."
Toler's vehicle was stopped by Williamson police on Dec. 31, according to the motion. Toler wasn't in the vehicle, but one of the people who was allegedly told police that he had been buying and selling cocaine and sharing the profits with Toler.
That man agreed to act as a confidential informant for police. Later on Dec. 31, the man called Toler and said he needed to get cocaine out of Toler's vehicle, which had been impounded, according to the motion.