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Holyoke police officer, firefighter resign amid drug accusation

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A Holyoke firefighter and police officer have resigned amid police accusations of drug possession.

Now, an internal investigation has been launched in both departments.

Holyoke city officials held a press conference Monday afternoon to provide information regarding the ongoing drug investigation into the fire department and the police department.

Massachusetts State Police arrested an individual last week in possession of a drug called Suboxone, which is used to treat opiate addiction. The individual alleged he was making a delivery to an on-duty Holyoke firefighter.

"We staked out the department and the firefighter came to meet with dealer, which led to the allegation," Holyoke Police Chief James Neiswanger said.

Officials began drug testing both officers and firefighters.

Neiswanger said a police officer refused the drug test and resigned.

"Currently we have an active criminal and internal affairs investigation," Neiswanger said.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse said it is not known if more public safety officers are involved.

"An investigation will happen with the district attorney. They will be perusing drug testing," Morse said.

Neiswanger said drug testing for the police department will cost nearly $10,000. 

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