DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dothan police have arrested and charged a fire medic who they say stole fentanyl from the Dothan Fire Department.
The Dothan Police Department was notified by the Dothan Fire Department after a February inventory check that there was a missing amount of narcotics from a narcotics storage facility operated by the Fire Department.
An investigation was started and the DEA was notified because the missing narcotics were 42 individual vials of Fentanyl.
On Tuesday, Dothan police ended their investigation with the arrest of Jesse R. Taylor of Rehobeth.
Police say Taylor was a Dothan Fire Medic at the time of the theft and is responsible for the theft of the medication. Taylor has been on administrative leave since Wednesday, March 16.
He is charged with trafficking in fentanyl and second-degree theft of property.
Taylor is currently in the Dothan City Jail with a combined bond of $30,000.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and US Attorney’s Office have been notified and additional charges are possible.
Taylor has been served a notice of termination.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50-100 times stronger than morphine. It is also a controlled substance.
Police say by the nature of Taylor’s position in the Fire Department, he was able to access the storage location and remove the medication without suspicion until the inventory revealed the discrepancy.
There are no other suspects, in this case, police confirm.
This is an ongoing investigation. Stay with WDHN News for updates.