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Three former Metropolitan Police detectives had deep ties to the criminal underworld, selling illicit drugs on a mass scale with apparent impunity, a leaked internal Met report reveals.
The officers, who abandoned Scotland Yard to open a private investigation firm, were thought to have seized tens of thousands of ecstasy pills from British criminals only to sell the drugs onward on the black market in an effort to yield profit. The damning allegations were contained in a covert file, seen by the Independent, which was reportedly created by internal officials in Scotland Yard’s anti-corruption division. The report, conducted in 2000, stated the Met officers in question had carefully cultivated links to London’s criminal underworld, which is populated by hardened drug barons, street criminals and drug traffickers. Despite the incriminating information contained in the document, Scotland Yard allegedly confirmed on Wednesday that the three ex-detectives never faced prosecution.
These revelations compound widespread doubt amongst Britons that the Met is willing to address criminality in its quarters. The apparent impunity these ex-detectives have enjoyed in the face of blatant criminality is but another chapter in Scotland Yard’s recent history of tainted murder inquiries and scandals. The unsatisfactory murder investigations of Stephen Lawrence and Daniel Morgan -both of whom were gunned down by Met officers-, the unacceptable exploits of rogue undercover police officials, and a Met officer’s deliberate and unjust smearing of former Cabinet minister and Chief Whip, Andrew Mitchell, have all eroded public confidence in the integrity of Scotland Yard.
In light of this most recent tarring of the Met’s already ailing reputation, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Keith Vaz, condemned the rogue ex-officers illegal actions along with Scotland Yard’s alleged failure to deal with them adequately. “The Committee will be concerned by yet another piece of evidence which may point to further allegations of corruption in the Met. The police exist to remove drugs from our streets not to sell them”, he said. Mr Vaz has confirmed the Committee will investigate the contentious subject of police corruption, the roots of which Met officials themselves have admitted are endemic in Scotland Yard. This proposed inquiry will form a part of a wider investigation into organized crime in Britain, due to commence after Westminster’s parliamentary summer break.