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Former Malden firefighter sentenced after pleading guilty to federal drug distribution charges

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  On Dec. 6, 2022, a former Malden firefighter was sentenced in federal court in Boston for conspiring to distribute controlled substances, including oxycodone, suboxone, Klonopin and Adderall. Joshua Eisnor, 43, of North Reading, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin to five years of probation. Eisnor was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and forfeiture of $900.

  On June 23, 2022, Eisnor pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. While working as a firefighter at the Malden Fire Department, Eisnor distributed controlled substances to other members of the Department.

  “Mr. Eisnor compromised the integrity, security and operations of the Malden Fire Department by distributing controlled substances. As a firefighter, Mr. Eisnor was responsible for protecting the Malden community. Instead, he dishonored his noble profession and sold drugs while on duty,” said U.S. Attorney Rachael S. Rollins. “His conduct also jeopardized the safety of his fellow firemen and women who – like the overwhelming majority of public servants – do their jobs with honor, dignity and controlled substance free.”

  “It is dishonorable for a firefighter to break the law and breach the trust of his community that he took an oath to protect, but that is exactly what Joshua Eisnor did while dealing drugs on duty to his fellow firefighters, putting them, and the citizens of Malden, in potential danger,” said the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Division, Joseph R. Bonavolonta. “This case illustrates the FBI’s commitment to bringing to justice those who deliberately compromise the integrity of their position for their addictions.”

  “Prescription drugs offered illegally have no guarantees of safety or efficacy and hold the potential to harm those who use them,” said the Special Agent in Charge of the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations’ New York Field Office, Fernando McMillan. “We will continue to investigate and bring to justice those who put the health of the public at risk.”

  This case announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Rollins, FBI SAC Bonavolonta, FSA-CI SAC McMillan and the Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General’s Northeast Field Office, Christopher F. Algieri. Special assistance was provided by the Merrimack Valley Transnational Organized Crime Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eugenia M. Carris, Deputy Chief of Rollins’ Public Corruption & Special Prosecutions Unit, and Howard Locker of Rollins’ Health Care Fraud Unit prosecuted the case.

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