A Middletown, New York fire lieutenant has been arrested on drug charges amidst allegations that he is “a ringleader of a cocaine-dealing motorcycle club.”
Lt. Paul Smith, 48, was arrested as part of a series of raids that netted 29 people. The raids were conducted by New York State Police and agents from the FBI and DEA in five locations. Besides those arrested, police seized more than $200,000 in cash, 25 handguns, multiple rifles, 2.5 pounds of cocaine and 1,300 Fentanyl pills.
The investigation was dubbed “Bread, White and Blue” and focused on several motorcycle clubs. Besides Smith, a retired police officer was among those arrested. Smith has been suspended from duty with the Middletown Fire Department.