MIAMI Herald

Posted on Thu, Mar. 27, 2003

Oakland Park firefighter arrested for drug dealing

An Oakland Park firefighter is on administrative leave after being charged with conspiracy to traffic in hydrocodone, a powerful prescription pain medication.

The Broward Sheriff's Office arrested Aldoferus Ceimain Ross, 29, of Lauderdale Lakes, 29, at the request of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in Duval County. Jacksonville informed BSO a warrant for Ross' arrest had been issued.

Jacksonville authorities said Ross was selling the narcotics at a location between Oakland Park and Jacksonville. He is alleged to have supplied another man with 28 grams of hydrocodone, according to a Jacksonville sheriff's report.

''At this point in time, we've entered a plea of not guilty,'' said his attorney, J. Craig Williams of Jacksonville.

BSO deputies picked up Ross on Feb. 26 and charged him with conspiracy to sell the pain medication. He was taken to the Broward County Jail and turned over to Jacksonville on March 6. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond and has been placed on administrative leave. Williams said that, if convicted, Ross faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years.

Ross has worked for Oakland Park for about three years. Oakland Park Fire Chief James Henson refused comment Wednesday.