A Palm Beach County firefighter and former sheriff's office employee was arrested after police say they found him with a crack pipe and cocaine, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.
Mark E. Freseman, 45, of North Palm Beach, was arrested Tuesday and faces 21 drug charges, according to online records. He was released from jail later that day.
Riviera Beach Police said Freseman flagged them down to report that a female he was going to hang out with had stolen a laptop case and charger from his SUV. That’s when the officer said he noticed an open can of Four Loko, a malt liquor beverage, inside Freseman’s car, according to the arrest report.
During a pat down, the police officer found a crack pipe in Freseman’s pocket, according to the Sentinel. Riviera Police also said they found two prescription bottles, one of which contained cocaine and the other with muscle relaxants and hydrocodone pain killers.
Freseman said he had a prescription for the medication but left the bottle at home, according to the report.
The female who allegedly stole his belongings was not located.
Fire Rescue spokesman Capt. Albert Borroto said no decision has been made about the status of the man’s job.
"We have just been made aware of this situation and the department is waiting for all the facts before any determination is made," Borroto was quoted as saying.
Freseman declined to comment to the South Florida Sun Sentinel Tuesday.