(WFXR) — A man who worked as a court bailiff in the Alleghany Highlands is currently behind bars in Botetourt County after being arrested for drug charges.

Members of the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office say Virginia State Police notified them on Wednesday, April 6 that Benjamin Fitzgerald — who worked for the Alleghany County/City of Covington Sheriff’s Office — had been arrested for distribution of a Schedule I or II controlled substance.

According to officials, Fitzgerald graduated from the Basic Jail/Court Security Academy in November 2021 and had served as a full-time bailiff for less than a year. After word came in about his arrest, though, he was immediately fired.

As of this writing, authorities say Fitzgerald is being held without bond at the Botetourt County Regional Jail.