STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Two veteran town workers in Stratford were arrested Thursday after police say they were selling drugs on the job.
Police say two employees, who work for the Department of Public Works, were selling cocaine and prescription pills while they were on the job. The suspects were identified as 38-year-old Patrick Ambrose of Stratford and 37-year-old Todd Whitlock of Milford. Ambrose was charged with illegal narcotics sales and sales within 1,500 feet of a school. Whitlock was charged with illegal narcotic sales and illegally supplying prescription drugs.
Authorities say they were arrested after a year-long investigation. The drug deals were allegedly made all around town while the men were working in June and July. Officials say some of the drug transactions involved informants.
Mayor John Harkins said the town will continue to fight drug sales and use in Stratford through aggressive policing efforts.
“There is a zero-tolerance policy with regard to illegal use by town employees. My administration will continue to push for rigorous drug testing programs in the interest of public safety. I commend the police department for their excellent work in this case, and look forward to the final results of the continuing investigation,” said Harkins.
Along with criminal charges, the men could also face internal disciplinary action. The town tells news 8 that Ambrose and Whitlock are currently suspended from their job with pay. That’s because of a collective bargaining agreement. The town will meet with both of them in the coming days.
Harkins said, “Certainly it’s a concern, but the reassurance should be when we find these problems we address them and hopefully they’re addressed appropriately.”
Stratford police say the investigation is ongoing and even more arrests are possible.