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Hartford firefighter terminated

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A 14-year veteran of the Hartford Fire Department has been terminated by the city after criminal drug charges were brought against him.

Rafael Diaz, 37, was found to have cocaine, marijuana, drugs and ecstasy at his home on Douglas Street, police said.

According to a police affidavit, an informant told investigators Diaz also sold drugs from the Franklin Avenue fire house where he primarily worked.

On Wednesday, the Hartford Fire Department announced the termination of Diaz, who has been on paid administrative leave since the arrest.

Diaz was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of hallucinogenic, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell narcotics, possession with intent to sell of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school, and operating a drug factory.

He is expected to appear in Hartford Superior Court for a pre-trial hearing on Feb. 7.

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