A Moulton firefighter was arrested Wednesday for allegedly using heroin and other drugs while on duty, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department said.
During an on-going investigation into heroin being trafficked through Lawrence County, deputies learned that 27-year-old Christopher Allen Henley, of Killen, was purchasing heroin from a Shoals-area dealer. Authorities then contacted Moulton Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter, Capt. Adam Lentz and Moulton Fire Chief Ryan Jolly assisted with the investigation.
Drug task force agents and deputies arrived at the Moulton Fire Station at the beginning of Henley’s shift and detained the suspect. During the investigation, they learned Henley did use heroin within a 24-hour period and had been using illegal narcotics while on duty. It was also learned that Henley asked one of the drug dealers to come to the fire station to conduct a drug transaction while he was on duty.
A search was conducted on Henley’s vehicle. Authorities said they found an assortment prescription medication and items used to inject the narcotics. Authorities said Henley did admit to consuming the narcotics during his shift and was going to inject the drugs found in his vehicle.
Henley was charged with two counts possession of controlled substance for morphine and suboxone, one count attempting to commit a controlled substance crime and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was booked into Lawrence County Jail on a $5,500 bond.