WASHINGTON (WJLA) - According to court records, a narcotics and gun recovery unit responded to the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Dix Street near the county line in Northeast D.C. last week after receiving a tip that D.C. firefighter Norris Jackson was selling crack cocaine from a nearby barbershop.
Police say they pulled Jackson over in his BMW a few blocks away from this park for not wearing a seat belt. Meanwhile, court records state that:
"…Jackson appeared very nervous and kept looking back and forth as if looking for a means of escape...stated to the officers that he is a D.C. fire fighter…stated the officers could not search his vehicle...K-9 Taz…gave a positive alert for narcotics at the front driver's door."
Police say that inside that door panel, they found 7.2 grams of a substance that tested positive for cocaine in a field test, as well as a handgun and ammunition. They also say Jackson had more than $100,000 in cash on him.
Jackson, a firefighter with the department for the last several years, worked out of Engine 23 in Foggy Bottom near George Washington University. And now, some who live near the station are deeply troubled that such allegations would be leveled against a firefighter.
"He's supposed to be saving lives," says Marc Cafasso. "Kind of took advantage of his position...people look up to people in the community like that, it's just unbelievable. I'm pretty shocked about that."