The Douglas County Fire department has suspended one of its firefighters after his arrest on charges of selling meth at his home and near an elementary school.
Twenty-three-year-old Alex Trace White of Douglasville is charged with two counts of sales of meth, possession of meth with intent to distribute, two counts of use of a telecommunications device to facilitate a drug transaction, sale of drugs with 1,000 feet of a school, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of drug-related objects and possession of a marijuana less than an ounce.
Lt. Jon Mauney of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office told FOX 5's George Franco, "We had multiple complaints come in saying we had a local fireman selling narcotics in the area."
Lt. Mauney said investigators made two separate undercover purchases of methamphetamines from White.
One of the alleged buys took place at White's apartment in Douglasville, and the other in the parking lot of a CVS drug store in Douglasville.
Deputies arrested White at a traffic stop not far from his home.
Lt. Mauney said, "He's doing a whole lot more than using metaphor. He's putting it out there on the street for people to be damaged by the power of this stuff and the addiction that comes along with it."
In court, White reportedly admitted being addicted to meth.
According to the Douglas County Sentinel, White told the judge, "It was very powerful and it sucked me in. It really took over control of my body and my thought process. I wasn't in the right state of mind."
The arrest has sparked the fears of local residents.
Douglas County resident Lynsey Kahn said,"I wouldn't want my house catching fire and and come to my house and be on drugs and have my kid die because he's too high to get my kid out of the house."
A Douglas County Fire department spokesman said there's no indication White ever used meth on the job.
White, who has been on the force for two years, faces a multitude of drug and weapons charges for the meth, marijuana and gun allegedly found in his vehicle.
Douglas County investigators also tell us White faces additional time behind bars for the alleged sale of drugs within 1000 feet of two elementary schools behind the CVS.
There's no evidence that White sold to children but investigators are looking into the extent of net sales he was involved in.
Investigators say they have recordings of him making the undercover deals, and believe they have a solid case against the firefighter.
Investigators also charged 19-year-old Phillip Tyler Brown and 23-year-old Edward Allen Craft, both of Douglasville, with possession of meth with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of drug-related objects.
Chief Magistrate Judge Susan Camp set White's bond at $61,000, while his codefendant's bonds were set at $10,000 each.