PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (970 WFLA) - A Pasco County employee has been relieved of duty after marijuana was found at fire station, according to a county spokesperson.

County officials say a Pasco Fire Rescue employee stepped forward and admitted the marijuana found and reported to the sheriff's office belonged to him. Officials say the employee is a driver-engineer/paramedic who worked at fire station 16.

Pasco County has a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs, and drug use is not tolerated. Officials say the public can be assured the men and women who work at Pasco Fire Rescue hold themselves to a higher standard.

Authorities say the employee will be placed on inactive status for up to one year, meaning he will be on unpaid leave and will not receive any employment benefits and can apply for reinstatement in six months only after he successfully completes a drug rehab program and submits to drug testing.