CHARLOTTE HALL, Md. (WJLA) - Saint Mary’s County investigators say D.C. firefighter Henry Dent was already on their radar when he walked into the pharmacy of this Maryland supermarket on Thursday night wearing his uniform – and passed a phony prescription.
"It's not an altered prescription, it's a fraudulent one, counterfeit; he created it...or someone had created it," said Capt. Daniel Alioto with the St. Mary's County Sheriff County's Office.
When detectives finally arrested Dent, they found 47 Oxycontin pills, 18 fraudulent prescriptions, and six empty prescription bottles from pharmacies in Calvert County, Prince George’s County, and D.C.
Residents here told us they are shocked that a firefighter would be accused of this kind of fraud:
"It's sad that it's someone that we count on and trust," said District resident Sherri Lyster.
No one answered the door at Dent’s Leonardtown home, and on his publicly accessible Facebook page, there is a post that says: “Don't believe everything you read...all I can say now."
Dent is just the latest D.C. firefighter to be on the wrong side of the law. A dozen have been arrested since October.
Paul Quander, the City’s Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, says he is looking at what can be done:
"One arrest is too many. Firefighters have a special trust. I think it's at a level now where we have to take a different approach to this."