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Ex-Mpls. firefighter pleads guilty to charge of selling cocaine

  • Star Tribune
  • April 3, 2012 - 11:14 PM

A onetime Minneapolis firefighter has admitted that he dealt cocaine for two years while armed with multiple weapons.

Brandon J. Granger, 34, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Minneapolis to conspiracy to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine.

Granger had been a firefighter since 2006, most recently working out of Fire Station 7, at East Franklin and 20th Avenues S. He was placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 21, within six weeks of being indicted, and is now no longer with the department.

According to the indictment:

Granger conspired to deal 5 kilograms or more of cocaine from 2009 to last October in Minnesota and elsewhere. An Oct. 17 search of his south Minneapolis home uncovered at least seven guns, including a semi-automatic handgun and pistol, a high-powered rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun.

Sentencing for Granger has yet to be scheduled.

In another case involving a Minneapolis firefighter and illicit drugs, Lawrence Anthony Wajda Jr., 42, of Coon Rapids, was charged in Hennepin County District Court with drug possession after he was allegedly found with about a half-gram of methamphetamine during a search at Fire Station 19 on the University of Minnesota campus.

PAUL WALSH

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