Sherman firefighter arrested for possession of meth

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- A Sherman firefighter was arrested Thursday morning for possession of meth. Firefighter Zach Cornell was taken into custody around nine o'clock Thursday morning after Sherman police searched his vehicle and found meth.

Zach Cornell, 31, was arrested Thursday morning after an anonymous caller notified the Sherman Police Department of a suspicious man passed out behind the wheel of a car on Sunset Boulevard.

Police say Cornell was off duty, but still in uniform. When officers searched Cornell’s car, they found a pipe and less than one gram of methamphetamine.

"At that point in time, a search warrant obtained for the residence at this point in time, nothing has been recovered from the residence," Sgt. Dawsey said.

Police say Cornell was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine less than one gram in a drug free zone. They say Cornell was arrested within 1,000 feet of Wakefield Elementary School, which enhances the charge to a third degree felony.

Sherman Fire Chief Jeff Jones says Cornell has been employed with the City of Sherman as a firefighter since 2000. No word yet if he will be suspended or put on administrative leave with the Sherman Fire Department. Jones says that decision will be made after results from Cornell's drug tests are analyzed.

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