Former Mass. firefighter pleads guilty to distributing drugs to on-duty coworkers

Prosecutors recommended that Joshua Eisnor serve 90 days in prison followed by two years of supervised release


Flint McColgan
Boston Herald

MALDEN, Mass. — A former Malden firefighter pleaded guilty to dealing pills, including inside his Malden Fire Department station, for several years.

Joshua Eisnor, 43, of North Reading, pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston Thursday to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. He was charged with the crime on May 26 and is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 11.

Former Malden Firefighter Joshua Eisnor, 43, pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston on Thursday to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. He is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 11.
Former Malden Firefighter Joshua Eisnor, 43, pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston on Thursday to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. He is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 11. (File photo/Nicolaus Czarnecki/Tribune News Service)

The maximum sentence for the crime is 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, but prosecutors recommended only 90 days in prison to be followed by two years of supervised release, according to the plea agreement.

The agreement also recommends that he forfeit $900, “on the grounds that it is equal to the amount of proceeds derived from the offense.”

“As a firefighter, Mr. Eisnor was responsible for the safety and wellbeing of Malden’s residents,” Rachael Rollins, U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, said in a statement. “His conduct violated this duty by potentially compromising the security and operations of the fire department and putting residents at risk. My office has a zero-tolerance policy for public officials who abuse their positions of trust.”

Eisnor dealt pills including Oxycodone, Adderall and Klonopin to other Malden firefighters, both while on-duty and off-duty, according to the charging document, which is sparse in details. The plea agreement filed May 26 states that he waived indictment on the charges and accepted responsibility.

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