MARGATE, N.J. — A New Jersey firefighter who lost his job because he stole about $8 worth of snacks has been charged in an oxycodone drug dealing operation.

Thirty-five-year-old Ashton Funk lost his appeal to regain his job as a firefighter in Margate last year. reports ( ) Funk is charged with distributing the opioid oxycodone, in what authorities describe as a drug ring led by a North Jersey doctor who falsified prescriptions.

Funk was making over $78,000 a year as a firefighter when he was charged with shoplifting from Wawa in August 2015, stealing $7.98 in snacks. He was found guilty of shoplifting in two separate courts and was forced to forfeit his job.

A call seeking comment from Funk’s lawyer wasn’t immediately returned Friday.

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