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Alleged NSW police corruption

Citizen Journalist Dale Mills has recently become a contributor to Webdiary with Japan v the Whales. Thanks once again Dale.

by Dale Mills

A former senior police officer who worked as a detective at the Australian Crime Commission is in court next month on 16 charges relating to the theft and supply of drugs. The Australian Crime Commission was set up in 2003 to deal with threats posed by nationally significant crime.

Another officer from the Australian Crime Commission who faces similar charges has escaped to Cambodia. Senior Constable John McCabe can not be extradited because Australia has no extradition treaty with Cambodia.

The successfully-charged officer is Samuel Foster, who was responsible for investigating serious organised crime in Sydney. He was mentioned in the 2004-2005 NSW Police Integrity Commission’s Report.

That Report indicates that the Commission received evidence from 81 police officers who had used or were using illegal drugs, including amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, ketamine, and nonprescribed steroids.

It further said that some of the officers who gave evidence to the Commission ‘faked arrests as a way of stealing illegal drugs and money from drug suppliers. They then organised for the stolen drugs to be sold and shared the profits from the sale of these stolen drugs.’

Additionally, some of the officers who used illegal drugs turned ‘a blind eye’ to illegal drug use by others, to drug suppliers and assisting drug suppliers by providing confidential information form the NSW police computer. Some officers also supplied drugs, cash, or stole supplied drugs for profit.

Samuel Foster has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is due to appear at Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on February 7.

A copy of the NSW Police Integrity Commission Report for 2004-2005 can be found at http://www.pic.nsw.gov.au/PDF_files/2004-2005.pdf

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Bali

These guys are lucky we don't shoot drug offenders or they weren't arrested in Bali.

I was stopped by police whilst driving in London 20 years ago... the cops looked at my NSW licence and laughed saying .."this isn't NSW ... you can't buy your way out an offence here..."

Prohibition

Dale, police corruption is just the thin edge of the wedge as to the consequences of the prohibition and criminalisation of drugs.

Other negative externalities including an increasing bureaucratic distain for our civil liberties, the criminalisation and incarceration of many non-violent offenders for mere possession and the introduction of super-normal profits for those criminals ruthless enough to take advantage are also apparent.

Just another day in the welfare/warfare state.

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