Madison County deputy fired, arrested after meth found in his car, cops say

A Madison County deputy was arrested Saturday after a Georgia State Patrol trooper found methamphetamine in his car during a traffic stop, officials said.

Gabriel Dalton, 31, was off duty and in his personal vehicle at the time of the stop, which happened in Hull about 8 p.m., the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Credit: Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council

Credit: Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council

The sheriff’s office said the arrest came after it received information and turned it over to the GBI “for a fair and impartial investigation.” The nature of that information was not released.

Dalton was taken to the Madison County jail and later released on a $8,350 bond. He was fired from the Madison sheriff’s office upon his arrest.

Dalton had been employed by the sheriff’s office since July 31 of last year and had previously worked for the agency from 2016 until 2018, according to Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training records. He had also worked as a deputy sheriff and jailer with the Hart County Sheriff’s Office.

The Madison County sheriff’s office said there is no evidence that Dalton violated Georgia law while on duty.

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