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A Boston firefighter on disability retirement was arrested in Texas this week with 41 pounds of marijuana, police said, news that comes at a sensitive time for a department dealing with drug use and disability scandals.

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Dennis J. Hogan, a 53-year-old from South Boston, was arrested Monday morning after he was stopped for speeding on Interstate 40 in the area of Wildorado, Oldham County, in the northern part of Texas, said Linda Block, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. She said the Texas Highway Patrol trooper noticed Hogan acting strangely, asked to search the vehicle, and was given permission.
"While talking to the driver, he noticed several signs that something unusual was going on," Block said.
She said the trooper found 41 pounds of marijuana in a black handbag in the rear of the 2008 Chevrolet sport utility vehicle.
Hogan was arrested without incident. Police in Texas estimated the marijuana had a street value of $13,000, but that figure would probably be higher in Massachusetts.
Hogan told police that he had left Phoenix and was on his way to Boston. Block could not say last night whether Hogan was being held or what charges he faces. A phone call to Hogan's home was not returned yesterday.
Steve MacDonald, a spokesman for the Fire Department, said last night that fire officials were notified of Hogan's arrest. He said Hogan, a firefighter for two decades, retired three years ago. MacDonald said he could not immediately provide a more detailed account of Hogan's history. He also would not comment on the arrest.
Hogan was assigned to Ladder Company 19 in South Boston, according to that company's website. In the past year, Fire Department members have been trying to fend off calls for random drug testing of firefighters. The controversy intensified after the deaths of two firefighters in a 2007 fire in West Roxbury. One of the men had traces of cocaine in his system and the other was legally drunk, autopsies found.

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Busted ex-jake's pension eyed in disability probe



Dennis J. Hogan

The former Boston firefighter who was allegedly caught smuggling pot across Texas this week retired three years ago with a $71,000 annual disability that is among the pensions being scrutinized by the U.S. attorney.
Dennis J. Hogan, 53, of South Boston was arrested on Monday after a Texas Highway Patrol trooper clocked him speeding on Interstate 40 on his way from Phoenix to Boston, said Lisa Block, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Hogan's arrest comes as the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston probes allegations of widespread disability retirement abuse at the Boston Fire Department.
The Retirement Board denied a Herald public records request for Hogan's retirement papers yesterday, citing an exemption that shields documents that are part of an investigation. Hogan's records were included in a federal subpoena in April requesting information on more than 300 firefighter retirements, according to a source at the board.
Hogan retired in 2006 and has an annual accidental disability pension of $71,635, which is tax-free for life, according to payroll records. Hogan posted a $7,500 bond on Monday and is charged with possession of marijuana greater than five pounds and less than 50 pounds - a third-degree felony, said Oldham County Attorney Kent Birdsong.
Hogan was driving near the panhandle town of Wildorado, Texas, on Monday just before 11 a.m. when a trooper pulled him over and asked to search the car.
The trooper found two bundles of pot in the luggage area of the 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer, which police believe was a rental car, Block said.
Boston Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald said Hogan retired after roughly 20 years with the department. A message left at Hogan's F Street home was not returned.
Since March, seven Boston firefighters have been arrested and charged with crimes including solicitation of sex for a fee, drunken driving, rape, assault and marijuana possession.
Calls for mandatory drug and alcohol testing were renewed last year after two jakes died in a West Roxbury fire. According to sources who were briefed on the autopsy results, one had traces of cocaine in his system and the other was legally drunk.

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