Fire Chief, Former Cop Among 29 Nabbed In Major NY Drug Bust

February 06, 2019 - 11:32 am

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – A major drug bust in Orange and Rockland counties this week nabbed dozens of people, including a fire chief and former cop.

Early morning raids by the FBI, DEA and New York State Police on Tuesday recovered cocaine, fentanyl, cash and guns, and led to the arrests of 29 people.

“These defendants had no regard for the damage these drugs would do to our community,” New York State Police Capt. Brian Shortall said at a press conference.

Orange Rockland drug bust
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Police say Mechanicstown Fire Chief Dominick Guardino used a department vehicle to transport fentanyl pills disguised as oxycodone.

Middletown Fire Lt. Paul Smith allegedly conducted drug business in his fire house.

Former Spring Valley cop John Beltempo, who was once a narcotics officer with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, is accused of dealing cocaine.

Police also say they took down a big-time trafficker in Nyack.

The FBI, DEA and state police worked undercover, building their case for six months.