Pulaski officer arrested, faces drug charges
The police chief called it "disappointing" and said an internal investigation has been launched.
By Neil Harvey
A Pulaski police officer was arrested Thursday on drug-related charges and has been suspended from duty.
Christopher Franklin Bond was arrested at a Wythe County residence by Virginia State Police and deputies from the Wythe County Sheriff's Office, according to state police spokesman Sgt. Michael Conroy.
Bond has been charged with one felony count of attempting to possess methamphetamine, a misdemeanor count of attempting to possess the painkiller Loritab and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.
"He showed up at a drug transaction and attempted to purchase the drugs," Conroy said, adding that Bond was off-duty at the time of the arrest. Warrants were executed against him Thursday night and he was arraigned Friday.
An officer at the New River Valley Regional Jail confirmed Friday that Bond was being held there without bond, but she declined to say when his next court date is.
In a news release issued Friday, Pulaski police Chief Gary Roche said Bond, who has been with the department for about two years, had been placed on administrative suspension.
Roche also said the department had initiated an internal affairs investigation to find out whether agency protocols were violated. He described the situation as "disappointing."
"It is unfortunate that the alleged actions of one individual can sometimes taint the reputations of people who seek to protect the citizens of their community and who perform their duties in a professional manner," Roche said.