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Posted: Friday, September 16, 2005 4:58 am | Updated: 9:03 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A Mesa firefighter has been indefinitely suspended after being arrested last week on suspicion of drug possession.

Scott Michael Bluemel, 37, has been arrested on suspicion of possession of steroids, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The five-year veteran of the department was released on his own recognizance following his arrest Sept. 9.

Bluemel previously had been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, police records show.

The date of that arrest was not immediately known.

Bluemel’s phone number is unlisted, and he could not be reached for comment.

Police said an investigation led to Bluemel’s home in the 900 block of North Pyxie Circle, where they found more than 200 pills and injectable steroids, needles, syringes and marijuana pipes.

As police were searching the home, Bluemel drove past, prompting detectives to follow him.

When he was stopped near McKellips and Recker roads, he was arrested.

That’s when marijuana was found in his right sock.

Police estimated the value of all the drugs at $1,200.

Last year, the fire department lost a legal battle over its random drug testing policy. The Arizona Supreme Court ruled the policy violates the Fourth Amendment, protecting against unreasonable searches and seizures, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the city’s appeal.

The state court made its decision after concluding Mesa had no evidence of drug abuse in the department, so random testing was not justified.

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