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Inspector who stole drugs from police station facing jail [UK]
    #24173851 - 03/19/17 04:44 AM (2 months, 7 days ago)

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March 18 2017

A police inspector who was found with £700,000 of drugs at his home - including a huge amount of cocaine in his washing machine - was a "criminal masquerading as a police officer", his force has said.

Keith Boots, 55, was responsible for disposing of seized drugs for West Yorkshire Police in Bradford but instead stole large quantities to supply back on to the streets, Leeds Crown Court heard.

He was found guilty of a range of offences on Friday and is expected to be given a lengthy prison sentence when he is sentenced next week.

Detective Superintendent Simon Bottomley, of West Yorkshire Police's Professional Standards Department, said: " Keith Boots was a criminal masquerading as a police officer who stole class A drugs from the force which he then intended to resupply to the criminal fraternity.

" The actions of Boots were simply inexcusable. Whilst his hardworking and honest colleagues were doing all they could to take illegal drugs off of the streets he was stealing them back and seeking to redistribute them."

When colleagues raided Boots's Bradford home in December 2014 they found cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and cannabis worth around £700,000, including 11kg of cocaine "jammed" into his washing machine, the jury was told.

Prosecutor Paul Greaney QC told the court in January: "What was found on the ground floor would have kept a 1970s rock star, as well as his band, entertained for weeks."

Opening the case, Mr Greaney asked the jury: "What do you keep in your washing machine? Keith Boots had over 11 kilogrammes of cocaine worth hundreds of thousands of pounds on the street in his."

The prosecutor said: "It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say 'what a stash!'."

Boots, who had been a West Yorkshire Police officer since 1990 and an inspector for more than 10 years, stole drugs from the stores he managed at Trafalgar House police station in the centre of Bradford.

Officers smashed their way into his home in Norman Lane, Eccleshill, after a colleague noticed a quantity of cocaine missing from the station store.

Mr Greaney said: "What Keith Boots had been doing is as simple as it is wicked.

"In a gross breach of trust, he had been exploiting weaknesses in the system for the destruction of controlled drugs in order to steal them."

Mr Greaney said Boots, who had a liver transplant earlier in 2014, had become "nothing more than a criminal".

Boots was found guilty of a range of offences including conspiracy to steal drugs, conspiracy to supply drugs, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, theft and possessing drugs with intent to supply.

His son Ashley Boots, 30, of Weatherhouse Terrace, Halifax, was found guilty of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs, conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. He admitted six charges of possessing drugs with intent to supply and one count of possessing ammunition.

A third man, Ian Mitchell, 28, of no fixed address, was found guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Mr Bottomley said Keith Boots was dismissed from West Yorkshire Police following a hearing in March last year.

He said: "There is simply no place in West Yorkshire Police for an individual like Boots. He does not belong in a police uniform."




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Re: Inspector who stole drugs from police station facing jail [UK] [Re: Mostly_Harmless]
    #24173932 - 03/19/17 06:48 AM (2 months, 6 days ago)

First I've heard of this, what a story. UK police are the best ha ha


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Re: Inspector who stole drugs from police station facing jail [UK] [Re: BasilBush]
    #24174925 - 03/19/17 03:42 PM (2 months, 6 days ago)

I wonder how common this is especially in the US...


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Re: Inspector who stole drugs from police station facing jail [UK] [Re: musiclover420]
    #24175392 - 03/19/17 06:06 PM (2 months, 6 days ago)

Someone's allways gonna want extra money,
Shit, evn billionaires cant get enough of it..
Demands to high to burn it all up.
I bet it happens everywhere.


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Re: Inspector who stole drugs from police station facing jail [UK] [Re: BasilBush]
    #24175405 - 03/19/17 06:11 PM (2 months, 6 days ago)

Yeah that is what I think, at least in most big cities to some degree I would wager.

Honestly at this point prohibition seems clearly more of a tactic to drive up prices and profit off the problem instead of actually dealing with it...


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Re: Inspector who stole drugs from police station facing jail [UK] [Re: musiclover420] * 1
    #24176814 - 03/20/17 07:26 AM (2 months, 5 days ago)

Good point, the war on drugs has done fuck all accept  make people want it more in my opinion
Legalize
Educate
Open shops and cafes add tax and vat
It would bring so many jobs and alot of money into country's its unreal. I really cant think of a reason not to do it with every drug.

People have wanted to get high from the start of tine and will continue to do so. It didn't make you a bad person.
Society's stigma against the stuff corrupts minds and the high prices created by black market operations forces people to loose there morels and start stealing, thinking they don't belong with the people.

The world not just country's needs to change its view  there's more cocaine and heroine about in my town then ever before. I think the law does it on purpose to keep us down and out.


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Re: Inspector who stole drugs from police station facing jail [UK] [Re: BasilBush]
    #24177634 - 03/20/17 02:31 PM (2 months, 5 days ago)

Well considering there has been evidence of the Dea and FBI working with cartels to various extents I am sure there is some scheme at work here... Privatized prisons, inflated black market prices, meanwhile more drugs are getting produced then ever and demand has skyrocketed.

Pretty good situation for some people to get seriously rich off of.

I hope we live to see more sensible drug laws, prohibition has ruined countless lives.


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Re: Inspector who stole drugs from police station facing jail [UK] [Re: musiclover420]
    #24179513 - 03/21/17 07:36 AM (2 months, 4 days ago)

I believe your right. Been pondering what you said for a day, I have no clue about the world or how other country's or my own run things .

But what you said makes perfect sense. Instead of helping loads of people get rich and there own power. It keeps things running like a pyramid I.e keeping the top select few in power and gaining them few lots of extra money instead of circulating the wealth .
Totaly off topic but net flix has the sunshine makers documentary now. Its brilliant.  Makes you wanna do some psychedelics tho .


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