A correctional officer at New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin has been charged with selling illicit steroids from his home.
Victor Lee Billings, 38, of Hillsville appeared in U.S. District Court in Roanoke last week and was released on an unsecured bond. Billings is charged with selling anabolic steroids to a Virginia State Police informant, and with being armed with a pistol while selling, on two dates in October 2013, the U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a Feb. 20 complaint.
The material bought by the informant was sent to a laboratory that identified it as testosterone cypionate, a controlled substance, the complaint said. Anabolic steroids, which require a prescription, are synthetic substances that promote the growth of muscle and male sexual characteristics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Gerald McPeak, superintendent of the jail, said Friday that a jail employee had been arrested. McPeak said he had taken undisclosed administrative action against the employee but declined to describe the action or name the employee. In response to a request for payroll records for Billings, McPeak released information Monday that confirmed Billings is an officer at the jail.
Court papers don’t indicate that he sold drugs at the jail or to inmates.