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Charles Walker (Photo: Jefferson County Jail)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A Birmingham City Schools employee who authorities say was found with $500,000 worth of heroin last week could face additional charges over an alleged dog-fighting ring.

According to our newspartners at reports that 45-year-old Charles Edward Walker Jr. was arrested on drug trafficking charges Thursday outside his home.

Birmingham police said in a statement Monday that officers found 22 pit bull dogs at his home, 17 adult animals and 5 puppies,  that appeared to have been used in dog-fighting operations.

Walker works in technical services and computer support for the school system. Schools’ spokeswoman Chanda Temple confirmed Walker’s employment but declined to give further comment.

The arrest culminated a joint narcotics investigation by ALEA and its State Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Birmingham Police Department’s Neighborhood Enforcement Team, Homeland Security Investigations and the Alabama Fusion Center.

In addition to about a half-million dollars’ worth of heroin with fentanyl, authorities say they also confiscated 90 grams of crack cocaine, $55,000 in cash, a handgun and a vehicle. It’s unclear whether Walker has an attorney.

Walker is currently charged with trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in heroin and trafficking in a synthetic controlled substance. According to the Jefferson County Jail, Walker has been released on $15,000 bond.