Crack Found in Maryland Firehouse

April 9, 2008
A plastic bag containing as many as nine pieces of crack cocaine was found behind the torn fabric of an office chair.

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PRINCE GEORGE'S CO., Md. -- Friday was described as a routine day inside the paramedic office at Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department's Station 847.

Things suddenly changed when one of the medics discovered something behind the torn fabric of an office chair. According to sources close to the investigation, the medics pulled out a plastic bag containing as many as 9 pieces of crack cocaine.

The station is mostly staffed by paid, career firefighters and paramedics, with limited volunteer membership. Prince George's County Fire/EMS spokesman Mark Brady said some of the staff volunteered for drug screening.

Prince George's County Police brought a narcotics sniffing dog into the firehouse. According to Brady, the chair was the only spot that the dog keyed in on.

Among other things, Brady said investigators are now trying to determine where they chair had been prior to the firehouse. The department gets its furniture from a variety of sources including other Prince George's County agencies.

Republished with permission of WUSA-TV.

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