A 44-year-old Portland firefighter was convicted Monday of possessing heroin, methamphetamine and a sawed-off rifle after police spotted him engaged in a suspected drug deal in a Southeast Portland parking lot.
Multnomah County Circuit Judge Leslie Roberts convicted David Nick Lloyd after a half-day trial, then sentenced him to three years of probation for the two felonies and one misdemeanor.
He also must undergo drug treatment if it’s deemed necessary.
Lloyd, an 18-year veteran of the Portland Fire Bureau, was put on unpaid leave after his arrest Dec. 20.
He remained on unpaid leave Monday. Spokesman Lt. Rich Chatman said interim Fire Chief Ryan Gillespie and other bureau leaders are aware of Lloyd’s convictions from Monday and will meet Tuesday to discuss his future.
These aren’t Lloyd’s first criminal convictions. In 2007, he was convicted of driving under the influence of intoxicants, fourth-degree assault and recklessly endangering another person.
Last December, Lloyd caught the attention of a police officer near Southeast 92nd Avenue and Stark Street — a “high vice area” that is “rife” with criminal activity, according to authorities.
Lloyd and another man had been standing next to a parked car, and when another car pulled up in front of them, they got into that car, according to court papers. About 30 seconds later, the two men exited that car, then returned to their car, investigators say. The officer watched both cars leave the parking lot and violate traffic laws, then tried to pull them over. Lloyd cooperated while the other driver kept going, investigators say.
When Lloyd rolled down his driver’s side window, the officer was “nearly overwhelmed” by the odor of heroin, according to court documents. Police found a sawed-off .22-caliber rifle, heroin and methamphetamine inside the car.
Lloyd became homeless after his arrest. Less than two weeks ago, he was charged with methamphetamine possession. That case is still pending.
— Aimee Green
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