New Charges Emerge For Veteran Firefighter

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A veteran firefighter faces new charges after being arrested during a drug bust at a Minneapolis fire station.

Lawrence Wajda Jr., 42, has been charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and possession of a machine gun or short-barreled shotgun after police executed a search warrant of his Coon Rapids home.

Wajda was arrested last Tuesday morning at his University of Minnesota Fire Station, after a search warrant was conducted of his sleeping area and locker at the station and approximately 0.5 grams of meth was found.

Investigators searched his residence after the fire station and found traces of methamphetamine, a homemade bong and a digital scale with traces of meth on it. In the lower level of the home, police also found a loaded Glock and learned it was allegedly stolen from an address in Savage, Minn.

Police also found more smoking devices with meth residue, several more firearms in an adjacent room.

When questioned about the weapons, Wajda said he took them from “junk cars.” Wajda’s father owns (or has close ties with) a towing company.

  • Liquid Nails

    Drug addicts do stupid things.
    He is a drug addict. I hope they treat him as such.
    You smoke the meth, you flirt with death.

    • @ Nails

      He’s “an” addict, he’s also a dealer. I hope they treat him like a dealer, and a violent criminal with dangerous weapons. Lock him away a long time

  • Sam

    Minneapolis’s finest.

    The police are worse. Much, much worse.

  • Sean In Minneapolis

    @ STUPID SAM!!!
    Minneapolis is a great city with great people and city workers!!!
    Where do you live where the Fire Fighter’s and Police are honest and don’t get in trouble dirtbag!!!

    • crooked cop

      WOW!!! Get a clue….

  • See BS

    Did the Search Warrant say it was OK for the police to look for Illegal weapons?

    • Tom

      Illegal weapons turn up quite frequently when police search someone or
      some place for other things. And police are not allowed to ignore them.
      If the search was lawful in the first place, evidence found of other crimes
      is entirely admissible.

      • See BS

        The 4th Amendment says in plain black and white the Search Warrant must be specific.

  • amanda

    did anyone ever think about what its like to be a fireman ??? maybe larry wajda is going through major problems cause of the 35 w bridge does any one ever think how much that does to a persons mind ?? i think their might be some PTSD going on their . leave the guy alone just cause he is a fireman doesnt mean he cant have problems . leave the guy alone .

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