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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Western District of Virginia

For Immediate Release

June 19, 2013

Timothy J. Heaphy, United States Attorney

Contact: Brian McGinn
(434) 295-8672

Marion, Virginia Police Chief Arrested on Federal Drug Charge

Michael Dean Roberts Charged in Federal Criminal Complaint

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – The Police Chief of the Marion, Va., Police Department was arrested this 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.

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.

A criminal complaint is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.