Cobb County investigating firefighters, police officer for steroid use

8:57 PM, Jul 2, 2013   |    comments
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MARIETTA, Ga. -- Six Cobb County employees are being investigated for the use and distribution of steroids.

The investigation began with a call last month from the Marietta Cobb Smyrna Narcotics Unit.

Says county spokesperson Robert Quigley, "There was a tip that had come in that a firefighter was possibly using steroids. By looking at one, we were able to uncover several other employees of concern."

The county is investigating five firefighters and one police officer who may have consumed or distributed steroids without a prescription. Three of the firefighters have been with Cobb County for more than 20 years. The six combine for a total of 101 years of experience with the county.

Quigley said the investigation should wrap up in the next few weeks. Already, the implicated police officer and one of the firefighters have resigned; three are on administrative leave; and one firefighter, a 22-year employee, remains on duty.

"We invest a lot of time in our employees," Quigley said. "We train them, and we work closely with them ... so when you find senior employees in this situation, of course it's concerning."

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