Allegations that slain Seminole County firefighter Jerry Perdomo was involved with drugs has prompted a local law enforcement investigation as new details surfaced about his experience with prescription pills.
Meanwhile, his alleged killer, Daniel Porter, is not expected to appear in court Thursday in Maine as previously planned because a snow storm has closed the courthouse. His appearance has been rescheduled for Friday.
Porter, 24, is charged in the drug-related homicide of Perdomo, a former U.S. Marine.
Perdomo said he took prescription pills after a knee injury and he once counseled fellow Marines who were addicted to pain killers, according to a deposition he gave in a 2008 auto negligence lawsuit, the Daytona Beach News-Journal is reporting.
Perdomo said in the deposition that he was injured while serving in the Marine Corps in Iraq and Kuwait and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
A spokeswoman with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Thursday that authorities in Florida are investigating possible drug trafficking in Central Florida in connection with the case.
“We’re aware of the accounts that drugs might have been involved in this case, and we will look into this and work with the Maine State Police as needed,” Heather Smith said in a statement.
Perdomo’s body was discovered Wednesday near the wooded home of one of Porter’s relatives. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed Thursday.
In an affidavit released Wednesday, investigators revealed that Perdomo went to Maine to collect a $3,000 debt from Porter and both men were involved in drugs.