Police detective 'sold seized drugs'

A West Yorkshire Police detective stole seized drugs and conspired to sell them with his brother, making at least £600,000, a jury has heard.

Nicholas McFadden took thousands of pounds of class A drugs from evidence stores, Leeds Crown Court heard.

He denies stealing drugs and conspiring to supply them, but admits money laundering.

Simon McFadden, 41, denies conspiracy to supply. His wife Karen McFadden pleaded guilty to money laundering.

The jury was told the detective constable worked for a special organised crime group and was in charge of looking after evidence.

He is alleged to have stolen heroin, cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis.

'Slackness'

Prosecutor Paul Greaney QC said: "Drugs, which the police had succeeded in removing from the streets, were put back by the accused men, who did so for the sole purpose of making money for themselves."

The detective, who joined the force in 2000, exploited "slackness" in the evidence store's security procedures, Mr Greaney said.

When police raided Nicholas McFadden's family home in Castleford they found almost £160,000 in banknotes stuffed into sacks in his garage, and £20,000 hidden around his house.

They also discovered £6,000 in his performance car, the court heard.

Nicholas McFadden, of Church Avenue, Leeds, claims he stole the cash from a drug dealer and made money selling illegal steroids.

When his colleagues became suspicious of his wealth, he told them his wife had received an insurance pay-out after getting cancer, the jury heard.

Motorway cash find

He told his wife he had earned extra money on overtime and that his police pension was paying out, the court heard.

The detective was caught after regularly paying cash into automatic banking machines which triggered a security alert, Paul Greaney QC said.

When he was arrested, he told police he found bags of cash in a ditch by the M62 motorway.

Simon McFadden, of Darfield Place, Harehills, Leeds, maintains he knew nothing about his brother's alleged activity.

The jury was told large amounts of cash, along with mobile phones that contained messages about drug deals, were found at Simon McFadden's terraced home during a search.

The trial continues.

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