DREW COUNTY, Ark — A Drew County Sheriff’s deputy was fired and is now facing criminal charges after authorities said he was found to be a part of an illegal scheme.

Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober was nearly at a loss for words.

“It was heartbreaking,” said Gober. “It happens but it usually doesn’t happen in your backyard.”

His deputy, Robert “Bo” Sanderlin, 26, was arrested by the Tenth District Drug Task Force Thursday.

“We’re here to protect and serve the public and if that means we’re going to arrest one of our own, we will do that,” said Gober.

According to court documents, Sanderlin recently asked someone to get him about 2 grams of methamphetamine, but it’s unclear what he planned to do with the drug.

“We have to be the people to step up and enforce the law,” said Gober.

Reggie Binns focuses much of his attention on making keys these days, but is a former ambulance driver whose worked wrecks alongside Sanderlin.

“I was amazed,” said Binns. “He seemed like a great guy. I never thought he would do something like that.”

He said what Sanderlin is accused of doing has the town talking.

“What is going to happen with all the cases this guy actually had … drug related or any of his cases,” said Binns.

Binns and Gober said Sanderlin doesn’t represent the entire sheriff’s department.

“They’re all great individuals,” said Binns.

“It affects all of us … statewide, nationwide,” said Gober. “We keep doing our job. Trying to do our job better. Make sure our guys are out there doing the right thing.”

Gober said more information about his deputy’s arrest is expected to be released next week.

Sanderlin is facing three counts, including solicitation to commit possession of methamphetamine or cocaine and abuse of office. He is expected to be in court in March.