A New York City firefighter was indicted on Tuesday on charges accusing him of selling drugs in front of a firehouse and near schools, authorities said.
Police arrested FDNY firefighter Daniel Torres, 33, from Rahway, New Jersey, while he drove to work on the Staten Island Expressway Tuesday morning. The arrest came after a “long-term” wiretap investigation, Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan's office said.
The eight-year veteran of FDNY previously served at Engine 279/Ladder 131 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, but was reassigned to the department's Recruitment Unit in the fall.
Torres was indicted on 10 counts, including conspiracy, criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds.
"These are very serious charges that — if true — will result in his termination as a firefighter," Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said.
An FDNY spokesman said that per departmental policies, Torres has been suspended for 30 days without pay. The department will review the case, which is under investigation, after that time.
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The multi-agency investigation found Torres was selling drugs in front of the Redhook firehouse, three blocks away from the Choo Choo Train Daycare, and a nearby gas station, a block from the Al-Noor School, an Islamic private high school.
Police allege that they witnessed Torres on multiple occasions selling drugs such as Xanex and Vicodin and giving a sample of heroin to a customer.
Torres was arraigned Tuesday afternoon before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Neil Ross and held on $25,000 bail. Torres is expected back in court Dec. 20.
Information on Torres' lawyer was not readily available.