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Waterloo Firefighter Arrested on Meth Charges



A high ranking, veteran Waterloo firefighter has been arrested on charges of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. 48-year old Lt. Jeff Cutsforth has been a fixture in the Waterloo Fire Department for some 26 years. But, tonight, Cutsforth is in jail on Class B Felony drug charges.

Waterloo Police issued this news release:

"On Thursday, January 29, 2009 around 4:15 p.m., Investigators with the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force arrested Jeffrey Scott Cutsforth, age 48, of 359 Derbyshire Road in Waterloo, following an investigation into the trafficking of methamphetamine.

Cutsforth has been charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine in Excess of Five Grams, a class B felony.  Cutsforth is presently being held in the Black Hawk County Jail on a $100,000.00 bond."

Cutsforth is a 26 year veteran of the Waterloo Fire Department. Fire Chief Doug Carter told KWWL-TV News tonight that Cutsforth has been placed on unpaid, administrative leave while the investigation continues. Chief Carter says "We were made aware of the investigation and are fully cooperating with the Waterloo Police Department in every way."

5 grams moved the charge into the Class B Felony category. Under Iowa law, a conviction would mean mandatory prison time or up to 25 years and a $ 100,000 fine.

Ron Steele

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