A former Detective Constable has been jailed for 23 years for stealing drugs from West Yorkshire Police property stores and selling them on.
Nick McFadden and his brother Simon, who was jailed for 16 years, were found guilty at Leeds Crown Court, with the theft of heroin, cocaine and cannabis from the stores.
Simon McFadden’s wife Karen had pleaded guilty to money laundering offences at an earlier hearing and was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years.
Detective Chief Inspector Nick Wallen, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “West Yorkshire Police are extremely pleased with the guilty verdicts that have been reached in this case and are also very pleased with the sentences that the Judge has passed.
“This case has focused on a corrupt police officer – this man was in fact a criminal purporting to be a police officer.
“Nicholas McFadden was devious, he was cunning and he used his position to abuse the trust of others in order to steal controlled drugs. He and his brother Simon then went on to re-distribute these drugs and made significant sums of money, at least 600k, which they, along with Simon’s wife Karen then used to furnish an extremely lavish lifestyle.
“Some police officers, Nicholas McFadden’s former colleagues, had risked their lives to take drugs off the streets and he, along with his brother, was putting them back there.
“West Yorkshire Police reacted swiftly when it became aware of McFadden’s activities. We have carried out an extremely thorough and meticulous investigation which has led to today’s convictions. I would like to thank the Prosecution Counsel and my colleagues at the Crown Prosecution Service who have worked tirelessly and with great skill to present this case so well at Court.
“Nicholas McFadden betrayed many people. He has betrayed his family. We have heard how he lied to colleagues that his wife had contracted cancer and had received a critical illness payment. He has betrayed his friends and his former colleagues. He has betrayed the Police Service.
“Above all he has betrayed the public. He is however the exception. The people of West Yorkshire can be assured that its Police officers work tirelessly each and every day and are committed to providing the highest quality of service to the public.”