A Los Angeles Fire Department captain was arrested one block away from a Highland Park fire station after he allegedly purchased heroin from undercover police officers. Capt. Matthew Phillipsen, who was arrested Wednesday afternoon near Avenue 61 and Figueroa Street, purchased seven balloons of simulated heroin from officers, according to the LAPD. The LAPD did not say where Phillipsen is currently stationed but The Voice Newspaper said he had previously worked at Fire Station 47 in El Sereno. The arrest took place near Fire Station 12 on Figueroa Street.
Phillipsen was booked on intention to purchase heroin and placed on $10,000 bail.