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Orange County firefighter pulled over with 110 pounds of marijuana in his car, investigators say

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — 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.

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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.

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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.

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.