Metro-East fire chief accused of possessing drugs in city vehicle

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on October 20, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 21 at 10:44 AM

(KMOV.com) -- A Metro-East fire chief is in hot water after being arrested on drug charges and court records show this isn’t the first time he’s been arrested.

According to authorities, Alorton, Illinois, Fire Chief Carlos Darough is in violation of a federal parole over a charge of drug conspiracy after officers found him in possession of marijuana.

Darough was charged with possession with the intent to deliver drugs while he was in an official Alorton city vehicle. Officers caught Darough after he ran a stop sign and found marijuana in the car.

Court records show Darough has been issued over 100 citations and arrested multiple times over the last 20 years on charges ranging from speeding to domestic battery.

St. Clair County State Attorney Brendan Kelly said small communities like Alorton have limited job opportunities and want to give ex-convicts a second chance.

“You see the high risk you take when a federal felony convict is placed in a position of authority,” said Kelly. 

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