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Pulaski Police officer arrested on drug charges

A Pulaski Police Department officer has been suspended from duty after being arrested on drug charges in Wythe County Thursday.
Virginia State Police Sgt. M.T. Conroy said the officer, Christopher Franklin Bond, was arrested late Thursday when “he showed up to a drug transaction.”
Conroy said Bond allegedly attempted to purchase methamphetamine and Loritab at an undisclosed residence in Wythe County. Bond lives in Austinville in Wythe County.
Conroy declined to release further information, noting that the investigation is ongoing. Virginia State Police and Wythe County Sheriff’s Office are involved in the investigation.
The sergeant would not say whether Bond came to the transaction alone.
According to a press release from Pulaski Police Chief Gary Roche, Roche was notified by Virginia State Police around 5:30 p.m. Thursday that Bond was arrested in Wythe County during a narcotics investigation.
Roche said he “immediately initiated the process to administratively suspend” Bond from duty. “I dispatched two of our command staff personnel to secure agency property and to deliver the notice of suspension” to Bond.
Conroy said Bond faces three charges: attempting to possess methamphetamine (Class 5 felony), attempt to possess Loritab (Class 1 misdemeanor) and possession of marijuana (Class 1 misdemeanor).
Bond was arraigned Friday in Wythe County General District Court and is expected to be back in that court Aug. 27 at 9 a.m., according to the Virginia Courts website.
Conroy said Bond was being held at New River Valley Regional Jail without bond Friday. A representative at the jail confirmed that Bond was still being held there.
According to Roche, an internal affairs investigation has been initiated by the Pulaski Police Department “to comply with the requirements of due process and to determine if agency protocols were violated.”
Roche indicated Bond has been with the department for almost two years, but was already a certified police officer prior to joining the department.
“I am very disappointed that this incident has occurred, but I am grateful to the Virginia State Police and the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office for their consideration in notifying me of the investigation and their professionalism in processing this case,” Roche states in the release that was transmitted Friday evening.
He says his delay in issuing the press release was “due to the possibility of compromising an ongoing criminal investigation.
“However, since the incident is now in the public domain, it was necessary to release this statement to assure the citizens of our community that their police officers remain committed to serving them with honesty and integrity.”
Roche goes on to say members of the department are “dedicated individuals who discharge their duties honorably and with resolve.”
If the allegations are substantiated, Roche said “appropriate action will be taken.
“It is unfortunate that the alleged actions of one individual can sometimes taint he reputations of people who seek to protect the citizens of their community and who perform their duties in a professional manner,” he concludes.
Bond was recognized by Pulaski Town Council as an Employee of the Month in April 2008. In 2007, he was named Patrol Officer of the Year for Squad D.

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Pulaski Police officer arrested on drug charges

A Pulaski Police Department officer has been suspended from duty after being arrested on drug charges in Wythe County Thursday.
Virginia State Police Sgt. M.T. Conroy said the officer, Christopher Franklin Bond, was arrested late Thursday when “he showed up to a drug transaction.”
Conroy said Bond allegedly attempted to purchase methamphetamine and Loritab at an undisclosed residence in Wythe County. Bond lives in Austinville in Wythe County.
Conroy declined to release further information, noting that the investigation is ongoing. Virginia State Police and Wythe County Sheriff’s Office are involved in the investigation.
The sergeant would not say whether Bond came to the transaction alone.
According to a press release from Pulaski Police Chief Gary Roche, Roche was notified by Virginia State Police around 5:30 p.m. Thursday that Bond was arrested in Wythe County during a narcotics investigation.
Roche said he “immediately initiated the process to administratively suspend” Bond from duty. “I dispatched two of our command staff personnel to secure agency property and to deliver the notice of suspension” to Bond.
Conroy said Bond faces three charges: attempting to possess methamphetamine (Class 5 felony), attempt to possess Loritab (Class 1 misdemeanor) and possession of marijuana (Class 1 misdemeanor).
Bond was arraigned Friday in Wythe County General District Court and is expected to be back in that court Aug. 27 at 9 a.m., according to the Virginia Courts website.
Conroy said Bond was being held at New River Valley Regional Jail without bond Friday. A representative at the jail confirmed that Bond was still being held there.
According to Roche, an internal affairs investigation has been initiated by the Pulaski Police Department “to comply with the requirements of due process and to determine if agency protocols were violated.”
Roche indicated Bond has been with the department for almost two years, but was already a certified police officer prior to joining the department.
“I am very disappointed that this incident has occurred, but I am grateful to the Virginia State Police and the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office for their consideration in notifying me of the investigation and their professionalism in processing this case,” Roche states in the release that was transmitted Friday evening.
He says his delay in issuing the press release was “due to the possibility of compromising an ongoing criminal investigation.
“However, since the incident is now in the public domain, it was necessary to release this statement to assure the citizens of our community that their police officers remain committed to serving them with honesty and integrity.”
Roche goes on to say members of the department are “dedicated individuals who discharge their duties honorably and with resolve.”
If the allegations are substantiated, Roche said “appropriate action will be taken.
“It is unfortunate that the alleged actions of one individual can sometimes taint he reputations of people who seek to protect the citizens of their community and who perform their duties in a professional manner,” he concludes.
Bond was recognized by Pulaski Town Council as an Employee of the Month in April 2008. In 2007, he was named Patrol Officer of the Year for Squad D.

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