Two Pompano Beach firefighters were among those arrested in a statewide pain clinic crackdown, Pompano Beach Fire Rescue confirmed Wednesday.
The firefighters, identified as Craig Turturo and Lewis Stouffer, have both been with the department for 11 years, fire officials said. They are part-owners in a pain clinic in Charlotte County, according to officials.
One was arrested at the firehouse, and the other was arrested at home.
The Drug Enforcement Agency and several police organizations announced Wednesday that they have arrested seven doctors and seven clinic owners in raids in Pensacola, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Sarasota, Stuart, Fort Myers and Miami. The arrests came as part of Operation Pill Street Blues.
Agents said doctors were handing out hundreds and thousands of prescription pills and, in some cases, putting them on the black market.
Pompano Beach Fire Rescue said Turturo and Stouffer have been suspended without pay.
After their arrests, Pompano Beach Fire Rescue asked the Broward Sheriff's Office to check into Turturo and Stouffer's licenses for running the pain clinic. BSO said it found their licenses to be legitimate.