The Damascus police chief was arrested Saturday and charged with distributing methamphetamine.

Anthony Stephen Richardson, 40, was arrested without incident at the city police department, Virginia State Police Sgt. M.T. Conroy said.

The arrest was the result of an undercover investigation in which a confidential informant bought methamphetamine from Richardson on June 12, according to court documents. The seized drugs were sent to the state forensic lab, which confirmed it was meth, according to a news release issued by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, who joined state and Abingdon police in the investigation.

Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman confirmed a federal investigation into Richardson also is ongoing.