Hillsville man faces federal distribution charges

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A media account says Billings works at the New River Regional Jail

ROANOKE — Virginia State Police have charged a 38-year-old Hillsville man with distribution of a controlled substance from his home, according to federal records from U.S. District Court in Roanoke.

Documents allege that the state police used a confidential informant to make a controlled buy of “T-Cyp” from Victor Lee Billings at the suspect’s residence at 3350 Little Vine Road on two occasions last October.

“Billings represented to [the confidential informant] that the substance was anabolic steroids,” court filings state. “During and in relation to this controlled purchase, a Ruger .22-caliber handgun was displayed by Billings.”

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science has since tested the substance and found it to be testosterone cypionate, a schedule III controlled substance, court records say.

The criminal complaint accuses Billings of two counts of distribution of controlled substances and two counts of displaying a firearm during and in relation to distribution of a controlled substance.

At a Feb. 20 bond hearing, the court released Billings on a $15,000 unsecured bond and ordered Billings to reside with his mother.

The court also ordered Billings not to have any conversations with his girlfriend about the criminal case.

Billings has waived his right to a preliminary hearing with the federal court.

Billings has served as a correctional officer at the New River Valley Regional Jail, The Roanoke Times reported.

Regional Jail Superintendent Gerald McPeak confirmed that his office has been informed by the Virginia State Police that a current employee faces charges.

"Information relevant to the arrest was provided to jail administrative staff and administrative actions have been initiated regarding the employee in question," McPeak said in a message to The Gazette. "As this is a personnel matter, no further comments can or will be made."