Town leaders in Marion, Virginia have asked Michael Roberts to step down after being arrested on drug charges.
Here is the official statement from the mayor:
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM MAYOR DAVID P. HELMS, THE TOWN OF MARION, VA
“Michael D. Roberts was hired by the Town of Marion as a patrolman in July 1986, and he was promoted to Chief of Police on July 01, 2000. As a result of today’s investigation and arraignment, the Marion Town Council met in executive session this evening and subsequently voted unanimously to instruct Town Manager Bill Rush to write a letter to Michael D. Roberts informing him that his services were no longer required by the Town of Marion effective .
Lieutenant Rex Anders will be serving in operational command of the Marion Police Department until further notice.
The Town of Marion continues to work with all agencies in full cooperation during this investigation.”
Followinga hearing in federal court Wednesday afternoon, Michael Dean Roberts was ordered released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.
The Police Chief of the Marion Police Department was arrested this morning on drug distribution charges.
Michael Dean Roberts, or "Fireball", of Saltville, was arrested Wednesday morning via a criminal complaint, according to a press release. He is charged with one count of distribution of a controlled substance.
Roberts is charged with distributing the prescription pain killer Lortab, which contained the schedule III narcotic hydrocodone, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon.
According to the criminal complaint, Roberts not only gave pills to an informant, but was recorded on video crushing one up and snorting it. The complete criminal complaint can be viewed here.
The investigation 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.
Online court records show Roberts is scheduled for a hearing in federal court in Abingdon at 2:00 p.m.