Firefighter Arrested On Drug Charges In Police Stakeout

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Stamford firefighter has been arrested on drug charges in a police stakeout.

George M. Clarke, a 33-year veteran of the Stamford Fire and Rescue Department, is accused of possessing about $60 worth of crack cocaine when he was caught on Friday with an alleged buyer.

Clarke told The Advocate of Stamford that he made a mistake. He said he was with someone he shouldn’t have.

He would not comment further.

Capt. Richard Conklin said police were tipped off that a known drug dealer was operating out of a hotel and officers in the narcotics and organized crime unit launched a surveillance operation on Friday.

Clarke was released with a written promise to appear in court on Sept. 13.

The alleged buyer also was arrested.

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