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Firefighter, retired police officer among 29 charged in Upstate New York drug bust

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Two fire officials from New York state have been caught up in a drug trafficking ring.

Caught up in an Orange County law enforcement campaign known as “Operation Bread, White and Blues,” Middletown Fire Lieutenant Paul Smith was one of 29 individuals who managed to show up on police radar.

Smith was not the only firefighter to be busted- Mechanicstown Fire Chief Robert Dunham was also caught up in the conspiracy.

The accusations involve the sale and distribution of narcotics represented as oxycodone, but instead containing the lethal and addictive fentanyl.

According to the Daily Freeman, Smith is being charged with a slew of felonies, including ,ajor trafficking, attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal sale of a controlled substance and conspiracy.

The 19-year veteran of the department makes around $126,886.

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