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Former firefighter convicted for dealing heroin after trooper finds him with $44,000 in cash during traffic stop

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A former Jersey City firefighter was sentenced to five years in federal prison for selling heroin in Massachusetts.

52-year-old Carlos Jimenez has been sentenced to half a decade of prison and four years of supervised release.

Jimenez’s partner-in-crime, Ivan Cruz-Rivera, was sentenced to six years and two months behind bars.

Cruz-Rivera and Jimenez had been targets of an investigation dating back to 2011 when an informant began purchasing heroin from them.

Jimenez had previously been convicted of two counts of distribution.

In 2013, Jimenez and Cruz-Riviera were captured by a Massachusetts State Trooper after he pulled them over for a traffic violation and found a cardboard box containing heroin and $7,500.

According to NJ.com, Jimenez had been on the Jersey City FIre Department for 20 years, working for Engine 17 and earing $113,000 a year. He has since been fired.

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