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Former Firefighter In Fairfield County Sentenced For Dealing Cocaine

Norwalk firefighter Mark Monroe.
Norwalk firefighter Mark Monroe. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

A former Norwalk firefighter who pleaded guilty in December to selling crack cocaine out of the central firehouse was sentenced Thursday to three years in jail.

Mark Monroe, 46, who was sentenced at the Stamford courthouse, was also sentenced to 10 years of special patrol after he has served the three years.

Monroe was arrested in Norwalk in February 2017, after police said he sold an undercover officer three packages of cocaine weighing about 3.8 grams each. During the course of the investigation into Monroe, he sold cocaine to undercover officers on four separate occasions, two of which happened while he was on duty as a firefighter, police said.

During the sales, Monroe directed the undercover officer to the rear lot of the Volk Central Fire Station at 121 Connecticut Ave., where he conducted the transactions, police said. The other two transactions were conducted by Monroe at retail location parking lots on New Canaan Avenue and West Avenue, police said.

After a search warrant was executed at Monroe's home, investigators found five additional bags of cocaine weighing a total of 12.35 grams, as well as five Alprazolam pills, 152 Cialis pills, and 21 pills with no markings, police said. The pills were not stored in their proper containers, and appear to have been illegally obtained controlled prescription pills, police said. Officers also recovered 11 vials of suspected steroids, and 300 hypodermic needles, police said.

No drugs were found in his locker at the Volk Central Fire House, police said.

During sentencing, Monroe told the judge he would not be back before the court. 

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