Police inspector Keith Boots who ran a £1million drug trade has been jailed for 26 years
Keith Boots, 55, who conspired with his son Ashley, 30, stole the contraband from the evidence stores at West Yorkshire Police.
The street value of the seized narcotics topped £700,000 but investigators could not say exactly how much Boots had been able to sell before being caught.
One source said the scam could have run into millions of pounds. Boots was jailed yesterday, with Judge Geoffrey Marson branding him a “disgrace to the uniform”.
Leeds Crown Court heard he had been in charge of supervising destruction of seized drugs at Trafalgar House police station in Bradford.
But after signing them off as “incinerated”, he passed them to his son to put back on the streets through a network of criminal contacts.
He conspired with his son Ashley who has also been jailed
The police inspector stole the contraband from the evidence stores at West Yorkshire Police
Paul Greaney, prosecuting, said police raided Boots’ Bradford home on December 4, 2014.
Here I am having to discuss the case of an officer who has betrayed us all
Detective Superintendent Simon Bottomley
Drugs were found in his washing machine, fireplace and fridge, among other places. Boots was found guilty of conspiracy to steal and supply drugs and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
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His son, of Halifax, was jailed for 24 years after being convicted of conspiracy charges and pleading guilty to possessing drugs with intent to supply. He also admitted illegal possession of ammunition without a firearms certificate.
The street value of the seized narcotics topped £700,000
A third man, Ian Mitchell, 28, of no fixed address, was found guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and was jailed for five years.
Following the trial, Detective Superintendent Simon Bottomley of West Yorkshire Police said: “We have seen the events down in London, how officers are prepared to put themselves in the face of adversity and, yet, here I am having to discuss the case of an officer who has betrayed us all.”