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NYC Firefighter Accused of Selling Pills at Firehouse

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    NYC Firefighter Accused of Selling Pills at Firehouse

    A 33-year-old FDNY firefighter has been accused of selling prescription pills in front of his Brooklyn firehouse and at a gas station near a school, according to prosecutors. 

    Daniel Torres, of Rahway, New Jersey, was arrested on conspiracy and criminal sale of a controlled substance on or near school grounds after authorities said he sold Vicodin and Xanax in front of his Red Hook firehouse and at a gas station.

    The 8-year FDNY veteran assigned to the department's recruitment unit is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail after a hearing in Manhattan on Tuesday. 

    Torres was previously assigned to Engine 279/Ladder 131 in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. He faces multiple state charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance on or near school grounds and conspiracy, prosecutors.

    Prosecutors say the gas station from which Torres sold the prescription pain pills is one block from the Al-Noor School, an Islamic private high school.

    Prosecutors say the firehouse in front of which Torres sold pills is three blocks from a childcare center, the Choo Choo Train Daycare.

    Authorities said that Torres set up the drug sales through calls and text messages.

    In at least two of the buys, the firefighter was accused of selling more than 160 tablets of Vicodin, a narcotic painkiller, and 28 Xanax tablets, an addictive anti-anxiety drug. On one of the occasions, Torres allegedly gave a customer a sample of heroin as well. 

    The investigation was conducted by the New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force comprised of DEA, NYPD, and New York State Police investigators, along with the New York City Department of Investigation.

    Attorney information on the man wasn't immediately available. 

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