A longtime Orange County firefighter engineer is headed back from Texas, where he was arrested for a major drug charge. According to an arrest report, Erik Quarterman was wearing his department uniform when he was pulled over for failure to signal.
Investigators said they found enough marijuana to feed a major drug operation — 110 pounds.
A spokesperson for Orange County Fire rescue said Quarterman has been relieved of duty without pay.
The spokesperson said the department will schedule a hearing as part of its formal investigation process, and they are withholding comment until that process and criminal proceedings are over.
This isn’t the first time Quarterman has been in trouble. Channel 9 is currently waiting for a full copy of his personnel file and discipline history.
But 9 Investigates reported in 2016 when as a lieutenant, Quarterman failed to tell his boss when the only fire truck at his station broke down.