LOS ANGELES, CA — LAPD Narcotics officers arrested an LAFD fire captain after he attempted to purchase heroin during a sting operation. On Wednesday, November 9, 2011 around 12:10
p.m., Captain Matthew Phillipsen was arrested in the area of Avenue 61 and Figueroa Street during a sting operation conducted by Northeast Area Narcotics Unit. Phillipsen was apprehended while attempting to purchase seven balloons of simulated heroin from undercover officers.
Phillipsen was arrested for 11350 H&S, (intent to possess heroin), and booked at Metro Detention Center and placed on $10,000 bail. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call during non-business hours or on weekends to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.