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SW Va. police chief faces drug charge

Wednesday - 6/19/2013, 12:38pm  ET

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) -- A police chief in southwestern Virginia has been charged with drug distribution.

Marion Police Chief Michael Dean Roberts was arrested Wednesday morning on one count of distribution of a controlled substance. An affidavit filed by a federal agent in U.S. District Court in Abingdon accuses the 54-year-old Saltville resident of selling the prescription painkiller Lortab to a cooperating witness.

Court records do not list an attorney for Roberts, and no hearing date has been scheduled.

Roberts did not immediately respond to telephone and email messages seeking comment.

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