Police: Minneapolis Firefighter Arrested In Drug Probe

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minneapolis firefighter has been arrested in a narcotics investigation, accused of having meth on him — at his station.

According to police, Lawrence Wajda, Jr. was arrested Tuesday morning at the firehouse right across the street from TCF Bank Stadium.

Investigators say he had meth on him. A woman at the station, who is not a firefighter, was also arrested for having ecstasy. Another man outside got a ticket for having pot in his car.

Minneapolis Police spokesman Sgt. Stephen McCarty was asked if Wajda, Jr. was selling on duty.

“All that will come out in the investigation. I mean, certainly one has to wonder if there were narcotics being sold out of that station, but more of this will come out as the case unfolds,” said McCarty.

Police say a search of Wajda’s house turned up guns, but they’re not saying if they found drugs there.

In a statement, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said, “I am deeply concerned and disappointed to hear such allegations. Unfortunately it is cases like this where the actions of a single individual can cast a shadow on the entire department.”

Wajda, Jr. and the woman are currently in Hennepin County Jail awaiting charges.

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  1. thesuperman says:

    Since when has owning a gun been outlawed? Why does that even come into the story?

    1. silverhawk1 says:

      Possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony is the key here.

    2. Rasputin says:

      If you have a gun and litter or jaywalk, they will persecute you.

      It is an affront to law enforcement that people have the right to bear arms.

      1. Oh the irony says:

        Aren’t meth labs the most dangerous thing a fireman can come across while putting out a fire? What a dirtball; putting his fellow fireman at risk of their lives!!

        1. Colleen says:

          I didn’t hear he had a meth lab. Are you getting your facts straight, before you spout off. A lot of people on here don’t know, all of the facts. Some of them know what they’re talking about.

  2. stop the madness says:

    Prohibition at work. No, don’t help him with treatment, let’s ransack the station and be authoritarian. That always works. Use the scare tactic. Help him you baffoons, and stop playing this stupid game.

    The War On Drugs is a war of the Government against the People. A 40 year failure started by Nixon, and revamped by Reagan (he is capable of mistakes) and a waste of money. All we do is fill overcrowded prisons rather than save a life.

      1. Not well said says:

        He was dealing, not using. Lock him up for good. You drug using liberal morons.

    1. Pumphandle says:

      Wow you’re a fool, I didn’t know there was treatment for drug dealers, he was a dealer not just an addict, for that matter he may not even use meth, as many dealers don’t.

      1. stop the madness says:

        that’s not unusual. thanks for the compliment. it’s the most difficult drug to beat, and I know of people who have committed suicide to stop. Prohibition just contributes to the sickness. I stand by what I said. I HATE meth.

        1. Stop your stupid comments says:

          What the heck are you trying to say?? ‘Prohibition is bad’ = legalize Meth?? You make no sense.

          1. stop the madness says:

            Yeah, you’re right, Just shoot the mother in between the eyes. In the meantime, ask yourselves a question? We have made every law possible to stop meth production. Has it stopped? Obviously not. So how’s that working for you? I’m not for legalizing meth, not at all. But doing more of the same to stop the problem, is not stopping the problem. And that is what doesn’t make sense.

      2. Tommy Solo says:

        Pumphandle there definately is a treatment for drug dealers. It works a little differently than other treatments though. It involves an injection of a chemical called LEAD (usually in the head, chest or abdomen). If the injection is done properly it can be 100% effective in ‘curing’ the drug peddler!!😉

        1. Dan says:

          Good Police work once again. Fireman or not.

    1. Sean in Minneapolis says:

      Are you perfect?

      1. Brett says:

        No, but I’m definitely not as stupid as YOU.

    2. Nordeaster says:

      I’ve known all the Wajda’s from Northeast Minneapolis from the time I was 5 years old (38 years). My mother went to high school with Larry’s mother and father. The father and uncles have a nice criminal history and passed it on nicely to Larry. Larry was a jerk off and a bully in grade school on up through high school where thankfully we never crossed paths again. I would say this is about what I expected for him just surprised it didn’t happen sooner. Must have taken awhile to get caught. Karma is a b!tch Larry. ROFLMFAO

  3. poor me says:

    Good job JD, thats good to know.

    1. Sean in Minneapolis says:

      Are you perfect too loser?

      1. Brett says:

        Talk about losers…..

      2. @ Sean says:

        There’s a big difference between “perfect’ and just “not ruining other peoples lives”. I am the later. You are an enabler. Clearly a loser like the previous poster said. Obviously on a current meth fueled all-nighter as well.

  4. Brett says:

    ALL Mpls firefighters should have to underdo a MANDATORY drug/alchol test, and MANDATORY random tests, just like DOT truck drivers have to do. ENOUGH of this BS. For the money that they get paid, they should feel like KINGS.

  5. do do says:

    why do some people think firefighters are…SO SPECIAL….there doing a job just like everybody else…good-bad-and ugly…there no different than anybody else.

    1. Sean in Minneapolis says:

      Read below loser!!!

    2. Uncle Rico says:

      They’re held to higher standards, as they are trusted with the responsibility of protecting and maintaining the safety of citizens and the world built around them. What their responsibilities do not involve: Dealing or doing drugs especially at the fire station, being drunk on the job, and any other careless behavior that is counterproductive to the duties they are entrusted with. Is your job this important? If it is then don’t do what this idiot did otherwise we’ll talking about you at some point in the future.

  6. See BS says:

    Anyone can get struck by Chemical problems at any point in their lives.

    I don’t let it reflect on the rest of the Fire fighters working at this station.

    1. Sean in Minneapolis says:

      You are right!!! Fire Fighters are human too!!!

    2. Brett says:

      Meth and ectasy are not low-level drugs. They are very dangerous, and I would expect someone like a firefighter to avoid such stupid and reckless behavior.

  7. tcbear says:

    hose dragger

    1. Brett says:

      You aren’t even qualified enough to be either. The public deserves BETTER than a doper in a firehouse.

  8. Sean in Minneapolis says:

    Do Do!!! What kind of name is that? Fire Fighters are people that put there life on the line everyday for strangers!!! Would you die for a stranger? I dont think so!!! So shut up and go to your job at Mc Donalds you damn loser!!! Do you think your special? Maybe special ed!!! Go jump off a bridge and make sure its a high one and no one is looking and concrete below you loser!!!

    1. Pumphandle says:

      Most firefighters will go their whole career without risking their lives, over 95% of fire calls are for car accidents, cats in trees, domestics, basicly calls they’re rarely needed at, I like your comment are you perfect? Apparently you think dealing meth is no big deal, so hopefully someone will sell meth to a close family member of yours and they will become an addict since it’s no big deal, and no one’s perfect.

      1. Disappointed says:

        Maybe you are forgetting about the two firefighters that were burned in an exposion in a house fire last year? They also go to gas leaks, pull dead bodies out of the river and oh, yeah, actually do rescue people out of fires. I am well acquainted with the department and the vast majority of firefighters are hard working and decent people. It totally stinks that the actions of this man are casting a shadow on the department.

      2. Uncle Rico says:

        Big difference between being a firefighter in Timbuktu, and being a firefighter in a metro. Use real numbers, not percentages. Like you said, no one’s perfect.

    2. dbrand11 says:

      Sean you seem to have aggression issues here. The fact that you call everybody a loser that doesn’t agree with you completely invalidates any comment you make. Drugs like meth should be illegal. It’s pretty obvious to all that read this who the loser is here. But in case it’s lost on you, the loser is you.

      1. Sean in Minneapolis says:

        Anger issues? Im just defending a man that has done so much for our city and made some mistakes!!! He is not a hardcore criminal!!! Your a loser!!! Defend what is right!!!

  9. Sean in Minneapolis says:

    He still is a public servent and I commend him for the job he has done not the mistakes he has made!!! Maybe I will go visit him in jail!!! He needs support not people like you that think there perfect and don’t a damn thing for anyone!!!

    1. Niki says:

      He should be held to the same expectations as everyone else if not higher ones being a public servant and all. Aren’t public servants supposed to be role models? Meth kills and is a very big deal.

    2. What? says:

      Finally, someone figured out how to get Sean to shut his pie hole.

      1. Sean In Minneapolis says:

        Use your real name big mouth!!! What do you do for a job that seves the public? Send me an email with your info to sean_colling@yahoo.com and I will shut you pie hole big guy!!!

    3. Sean In Minneapolis says:

      What? Your mom smokes pole!!!

  10. Thanks for nothing says:

    Take out the bus stop in front of the station. Problem Solved.

  11. Dale says:

    Here’s a question to ask yourself. Would I want this guy in my house for an emergency?

  12. Sean in Minneapolis says:

    When your house burns dont call 911 because the fire fighter is bad huh!!! There are many fire fighters that are great and he is one of them!!! He made some bad choices and has also done alot of good in his 20 years as a fire fighter!!!

  13. Common Cents says:

    Sounds like Sean is going through withdrawls, which is understandable since his dealer got arrested…. Sorry man, reality check.

    This isn’t that he simply made a mistake, he didn’t get drunk and wake up a dealer, he made a big series of bad choices that got him to this position.

    I wish him the best. (not sean, his just bitter, I’m talking the ex fire fighter)

  14. Colleen says:

    I WORKED AT RAINBOW FOODS FOR 14 YRS, AS A CASHIER. IN ALL THOSE YRS. I WAITED ON FIREFIGHTERS, EVERYDAY. I NEVER SAW ONE OF THOSE GUYS, CRABBY, RUDE, ARROGANT. THEY WERE ALWAYS SMILING, AND VERY KIND. SOMETIMES THEY DIDN’T GET TO FINISH THEIR SHOPPING, THEY WOULD GET CALLED. I ASKED IF THEY EVER GOT TO FINISH A MEAL, AND, THEY SAID SOMETIMES. THEY HELPED ME, WHEN I FELL, AND FRACTURED MY BACK, AND EVEN TESTIFIED IN COURT FOR ME. IF ANY OF YOU HAVE A DISABLED MOM, THAT THEY HELPED OUT OF THE TUB, BECAUSE SHE FELL, CAME AND PUT HER BACK IN BED, SO GENTLY, BECAUSE SHE WAS TOO WEAK TO LIFT HERSELF. WHEN SHE SUFFERD A STROKE , THEY CAME AND TREATED HER LIKE SHE WAS THEIR OWN MOTHER, SHE WAS UNCONSCIOUS, AND LATER PASSED AWAY. I HAD AN UNCLE, WHO WAS FIRECHIEF IN NEW BRIGHTON, HE FELL FROM THE 2ND FLOOR DOWN TO THE BASEMENY, ALMOST LOST HIS LEG, RECOVERED AND WENT BACK TO NORMAL DUTY…..ON THE TRUCK. SO NEXT TIME YOU SEE A FREFIGHTER, WAVE, OR SAY “THANK YOU” INSTEAD OF BASHING THEM FOR THE MISTAKE OF ONE. HE WAS USING, AND DOES NEED HELP, JUST LIKE ANY LAWTER, DOCTOR, ANYONE ELSE WITH A STRESSFUL JOB.

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