GLENS FALLS — A Glens Falls man who has a criminal record that spans nearly five decades was jailed again Monday after he was found to have drugs when questioned during a home burglary investigation, police said.
James D. Dallas, 69, was arrested shortly after Glens Falls Police received a report about a burglary from a woman on Cherry Street who reported a man she didn’t know entered her home, authorities said.
Based on the woman’s description, police sought out Dallas, who is on parole for felony assault and lives several blocks away on Bay Street.
Glens Falls Police Detective Lt. Peter Casertino said he was found during a visit by police and parole officers to have prescription painkillers without a prescription and marijuana, which resulted in a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance and non-criminal unlawful possession of marijuana.
The burglary complaint remained under investigation as of Tuesday, and Casertino said charges were likely for that case as well.
Dallas was also charged with violating his parole, which resulted in him being sent to Warren County Jail without bail.
He is on parole for three felony convictions from a knife attack on another man that stemmed from a disputed drug deal. The victim suffered a serious knife wound to his face.
Dallas was sentenced to 10 1/2 to 14 years in that case, and was paroled last year, but arrested on a parole violation charge and jailed again between last September and Feb. 5, when he was released again.
When Dallas was sentenced in 2007, Warren County Judge John Hall called his criminal record “abysmal,” noting he had 29 convictions — seven for assault — and had 30 orders of protection issued against him at that point.
He had also been considered a person of interest or potential witness in a number of unrelated death investigations in the region since the 1980s, but was not charged with any homicide counts.