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Yusuf Abdullah, Medic at Flagler Jail and Ex-Firefighter, Is Arrested on Cocaine-Sale Charge

| March 1, 2014

Yusuf Abdullah was arrested Friday outside the Flagler County jail, where he's worked as a part-time medic since 2005. (c FlaglerLive)

Yusuf Abdullah was arrested Friday outside the Flagler County jail, where he’s worked as a part-time medic since 2005. (c FlaglerLive)

Yusuf Abdullah, 45-year-old part-time paramedic at the Flagler County jail and a former Daytona Beach fire fighter was arrested Friday afternoon on a charge of sale of selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of a convenience store, a first-degree felony.

Abdullah’s  arrest  took place outside of the Flagler County jail. Unusually, his booking information has not been posted to the jail site. Images of law enforcement employees and firefighters are exempt from public record disclosures, as are their home addresses, but not so their arrest records, time of booking, charges and so on.


A Flagler County Sheriff’s release states that  Abdullah was taken into custody by investigators assigned to the Sheriff’s Office’s Special Investigations Unit following a one-week narcotics investigation. After learning of Abdullah’s alleged cocaine sales, investigators arranged to purchase two grams of powder cocaine from him. The cocaine had a street value of $150. Earlier this week, Sheriff’s detectives noted a slight increase in cocaine activity in the county.

“It is extremely disappointing to me to see an individual who has worked in public safety and dedicated himself to helping others, walk down the wrong path,” Sheriff Jim Manfre is quoted as saying in the release. “Hopefully he will have an opportunity to put his life back together again and start over.”

Abdullah’s duties at the jail included performing routine medical examinations and dispensing medication to inmates at the facility. Abdullah has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation and was later released from the jail after posting $50,000 bond.

A first-degree felony carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

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9 Responses for “Yusuf Abdullah, Medic at Flagler Jail and Ex-Firefighter, Is Arrested on Cocaine-Sale Charge”

  1. unknown says:

    Yea this is bad but what about lt. Guards giving inmates cigarettes, and other stuff….they should look inside the jail…there’s more inside

    • Just Saying says:

      Do you have proof of your allegations or is this an attempt to dim the light on the current situation

    • anon says:

      There’s nothing being smuggled in that jail. The security is very high now a days and the officers thankfully got to stop one if he were to choose to smuggle.

  2. Waylon says:

    Gee, just think of ALL the police and fire-fighters that would be arrested and PROSECUTED if the judicial system took ALCOHOL seriously .

  3. rhweir says:

    The sheriff didn’t have to travel far to get this guy. Increase in cocaine activity huh? Could this account for the poor and aggressive demeanor of some drivers around here? I would love to see the sheriff go after steroid sales at local gyms in the area. I was in the facility that prides itself as “we’re not a gym” last week and over heard one member taking steroid orders. Small town, not a lot to do.

  4. A.S.F. says:

    rhweir says–I am so sorry to read that. Steroid use contributes to suicidal Depression and aggressive outbursts and can permanently disable the user physically. And I hope they like having little, little b*lls.

    • rhweir says:

      I agree A.S.F. They need a sign at the “we’re not a gym” stating the dangers of steroid use like other gyms have but then, they’re “not a gym”.

  5. TeddyBallGame says:

    This is an abuse of law:

    “…selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of a convenience store, a first-degree felony. “

    This is an egregious abuse of law:

    “Images of law enforcement employees and firefighters are exempt from public record disclosures, as are their home addresses …”

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