51-year-old Melvin Newton, of Craig, was sentenced to 22 years in prison last week, after entering a guilty plea in two cases, one in Moffat and the other in Routt County. According to a news release from the 14th Judicial District, the Routt County case stemmed from an arrest in May of last year, when Newton was found with approximately 15 grams of methamphetamine in Hayden. Newton was arrested in Moffat County in August of last year, after a search warrant on his home, turned up approximately six grams of methamphetamine and a firearm. After the second arrest, Newton told officers in Moffat County that he had recently been in possession of more than 50 additional grams of meth, and that the meth business “had been really good”. Newton pleaded guilty to level 2 felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and to one count of level 1 possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute as a special offender, as well as possession of a weapon by a prior offender. According to deputy District Attorney Alexandra Jennings, Mr. Newton was a predatory force in Northwest Colorado, taking advantage of people suffering from addiction and destroying lives and families to maximize his profits. Jenning’s says that a long prison sentence is entirely appropriate, and it should send a strong message to others who would peddle in deadly narcotics in Northwest Colorado. Pictured above, Melvin Newton. Photo courtesy of the Moffat County Jail, click to enlarge.