Off-duty Nashville EMT faces drug charges

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A Nashville EMT is under investigation for his alleged involvement with heroin. 

Justin Poff, an employee of the Nashville Fire Department, is accused of buying heroin. What he didn’t know was the alleged drug transaction was being watched by Metro police, 

Poff joined the department in May 2016 as an EMT. His duties included responding to emergencies, rendering patient care and operating emergency equipment. 

According to investigative documents, on Feb. 28, while off-duty, a Metro officer reportedly witnessed a drug transaction involving Poff around Trinity Lane and Brick Church Pike. 

When undercover officers pulled the car over, they found the 26-year-old in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. 

According to a report, Poff admitted to having the contraband in his car. He was arrested for simple possession of heroin.  

According to Metro guidelines, Poff was supposed to inform his supervisors of the arrest. 

But according to documents, he failed to do so, violating several rules, including conduct unbecoming a Metro employee and possession of illegal drugs while on or off-duty. 

In his personnel file, News 2 learned he failed to attend the last two in-service classes mandated by state law. 

In a statement to News 2, Metro Fire Department spokesman, Joseph Pleasant said, “When the Nashville Fire Department was notified that Mr. Poff was identified as being involved in illegal narcotic activities he was immediately placed on Administrative Leave pending disciplinary action.

In compliance with civil service rules charges were placed against Mr. Poff on March 13, 2018 with a disciplinary hearing scheduled for March 19, 2018.

Subsequent to the disciplinary hearing, Mr. Poff was found guilty of violating the following civil service rules and was terminated.

The allegations against Mr. Poff are something we take very seriously.  The alleged conduct of one individual should not reflect negatively on all of the great work from the personnel of the Nashville Fire Department. The Nashville Fire Department will have no further comment about the criminal investigation involving Mr. Poff.” 

News 2 also reached out to Poff’s attorney who said he and his client have no comment at this time. 

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