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Pulaski officer back in jail on new charges

A suspended Pulaski Police Department officer was released from custody on bond over the weekend, only to end up back in jail Monday on new charges in Carroll County.
According to Virginia State Police Sgt. M.T. Conroy, Christopher Franklin Bond was charged Monday with one count of possession of a Schedule II drug (suspected methamphetamine) and one count of possession of a Schedule II drug with a firearm.
Conroy said the charges are the result of an ongoing drug investigation. He said a suspected methamphetamine pipe and seven firearms (rifles, shotguns and pistols) were removed from Bond’s residence at 7089 Coulson Church Road.
Although the residence address is Austinville, Conroy said the home is in Carroll County at the Wythe County line.
“Because this is an on going drug investigation, I can only confirm the charges that were placed by the Virginia State Police,” Conroy said.
According to the Virginia Judicial System website, those are the only charges Bond faces in that county.
Bond, who is again being held in New River Valley Regional Jail without bond, is slated to appear in Carroll County General District Court this afternoon for appointment of an attorney, but Conroy said it could be done by video conferencing from the jail.
Bond now faces one Class 6 felony, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison; two Class 5 felonies, which carry maximum prison sentences of 10 years each; and two misdemeanors which carry 12-month maximum jail sentences on each count.
In Carroll County, Bond’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for a July 21 at 10 a.m. in Carroll County General District Court.
In Wythe County, his preliminary hearing is slated for Aug. 27 at 9 a.m. in Wythe County General District Court. There, he faces three charges: attempting to possess methamphetamine (Class 5 felony), attempt to possess Loritab (Class 1 misdemeanor) and possession of marijuana (Class 1 misdemeanor).
Pulaski Police Chief Gary Roche suspended Bond from duty upon learning of the officer’s arrest in Wythe County.
Conroy said of the Wythe County offenses that Bond was arrested late Thursday when “he showed up to a drug transaction.”
Conroy said that Bond allegedly attempted to purchase methamphetamine and Lortab at an undisclosed residence in Wythe County. Bond lives in Austinville in Carroll CountyWythe County.
Conroy declined to release further information on that case, noting that the investigation is ongoing. Virginia State Police and Wythe County Sheriff’s Office are involved in the Wythe investigation.
The sergeant would not say whether Bond came to the June 11 transaction alone.
In a press release, Roche said he was notified by Virginia State Police around 5:30 p.m. Thursday that Bond was arrested. He said he “immediately initiated the process to administratively suspend” Bond from duty and “dispatched two of our command staff personnel to secure agency property and to deliver the notice of suspension.”
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.”
If the allegations are substantiated, Roche said “appropriate action will be taken.”
Bond has been with the police department for almost two years, but was already a certified police officer prior to joining the department.

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Pulaski officer back in jail on new charges

A suspended Pulaski Police Department officer was released from custody on bond over the weekend, only to end up back in jail Monday on new charges in Carroll County.
According to Virginia State Police Sgt. M.T. Conroy, Christopher Franklin Bond was charged Monday with one count of possession of a Schedule II drug (suspected methamphetamine) and one count of possession of a Schedule II drug with a firearm.
Conroy said the charges are the result of an ongoing drug investigation. He said a suspected methamphetamine pipe and seven firearms (rifles, shotguns and pistols) were removed from Bond’s residence at 7089 Coulson Church Road.
Although the residence address is Austinville, Conroy said the home is in Carroll County at the Wythe County line.
“Because this is an on going drug investigation, I can only confirm the charges that were placed by the Virginia State Police,” Conroy said.
According to the Virginia Judicial System website, those are the only charges Bond faces in that county.
Bond, who is again being held in New River Valley Regional Jail without bond, is slated to appear in Carroll County General District Court this afternoon for appointment of an attorney, but Conroy said it could be done by video conferencing from the jail.
Bond now faces one Class 6 felony, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison; two Class 5 felonies, which carry maximum prison sentences of 10 years each; and two misdemeanors which carry 12-month maximum jail sentences on each count.
In Carroll County, Bond’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for a July 21 at 10 a.m. in Carroll County General District Court.
In Wythe County, his preliminary hearing is slated for Aug. 27 at 9 a.m. in Wythe County General District Court. There, he faces three charges: attempting to possess methamphetamine (Class 5 felony), attempt to possess Loritab (Class 1 misdemeanor) and possession of marijuana (Class 1 misdemeanor).
Pulaski Police Chief Gary Roche suspended Bond from duty upon learning of the officer’s arrest in Wythe County.
Conroy said of the Wythe County offenses that Bond was arrested late Thursday when “he showed up to a drug transaction.”
Conroy said that Bond allegedly attempted to purchase methamphetamine and Lortab at an undisclosed residence in Wythe County. Bond lives in Austinville in Carroll CountyWythe County.
Conroy declined to release further information on that case, noting that the investigation is ongoing. Virginia State Police and Wythe County Sheriff’s Office are involved in the Wythe investigation.
The sergeant would not say whether Bond came to the June 11 transaction alone.
In a press release, Roche said he was notified by Virginia State Police around 5:30 p.m. Thursday that Bond was arrested. He said he “immediately initiated the process to administratively suspend” Bond from duty and “dispatched two of our command staff personnel to secure agency property and to deliver the notice of suspension.”
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.”
If the allegations are substantiated, Roche said “appropriate action will be taken.”
Bond has been with the police department for almost two years, but was already a certified police officer prior to joining the department.

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