BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Police have made arrested a Birmingham man on several different charges after an operation that took place on Dec. 8, according to a release from Birmingham Police.
Charles Walker was arrested on charges of trafficking in cocaine, heroin, and a synthetic controlled substance after police reportedly conducted a controlled delivery of a suspected drug package to his residence.
Walker works in technical services and computer support for the Birmingham City Schools system. Schools’ spokeswoman Chanda Temple confirmed Walker’s employment.
According to the release, the delivery was successful, and authorities captured Walker after a short foot chase. Agents then returned to Walker’s home and secured it pending issuance of a search warrant.
Upon execution of the search warrant, police reportedly recovered 1.7 kilograms of a heroin fentanyl mix, 90 grams of crack cocaine, a handgun and a vehicle, according to the release.
Police also reportedly found 22 pit bulls, 17 adults and 5 puppies, at Walker’s residence in “unhealthy” condition, who they claim were used in dog fighting operations.
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Agents contacted the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and the office dispatched Humane Deputies who determined the dogs were in unfit condition, and removed the animals from the scene.
The county plans to bring additional charges relating to animal cruelty towards Walker. According to a seperate release, Walker has a guilty plea on his record from a dog fighting charge in 1995.
The operation was a result of a collaboration between ALEA Narcotics, Homeland Security Investigations, US Postal Inspection Service, and the Birmingham Police Department NET Team with assistance from the Alabama Fusion Center.
Chandra Temple, Executive Assistant to the Superintedent and School Board, has issued a statement to CBS42 on Charles Walker’s status with Birmingham City Schools.
Charles Edward Walker is on leave from Birmingham City Schools. We are currently investigating this situation and cannot provide any further comments since this is a pending personnel matter. He is not a teacher.
The Associated Press contributed to this report