Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Marion, Virginia Police Chief arrested on federal drug charges

The Police Chief of the Marion, Va., Police Department was arrested Wednesday morning on federal charges related to the distribution of a controlled substance.

Michael Dean Roberts, a.k.a. “Fireball,” age 54, of Saltville, Va., was arrested via a federal criminal complaint earlier this morning and charged with one count of distribution of a controlled substance.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, Roberts is charged with distributing the name brand prescription pain killer Lortab, which contained the schedule III narcotic hydrocodone.

On June 08 Roberts was recorded in a phone call with a cooperating defendant and later met with the defendant in the afternoon where pills were provided. While being recorded with audio and video Roberts crushed the pills and snorted two lines and then raked the residue with his hands from the place and licked the residue from his hands

On two previous occasions the defendant provided pills to Roberts according to the criminal complaint.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Virginia State Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Zachary Lee will prosecute the case for the United States.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Community, Crime

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