Bent copper’s wife swapped intelligence for drugs’ court told
PUBLISHED: 15:30 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:29 25 August 2010
A CONVICTED drug dealer who gave cocaine to a police officer s wife in exchange for confidential information told a court everyone knew the couple were bent coppers . Syed Imtiaz Ahmed, 31, used PC Mark Bohannan, 47, from Bexleyheath, to find out about
A CONVICTED drug dealer who gave cocaine to a police officer's wife in exchange for confidential information told a court everyone knew the couple were 'bent coppers'.
Syed Imtiaz Ahmed, 31, used PC Mark Bohannan, 47, from Bexleyheath, to find out about raids and undercover operations in the local area and check on his associates, jurors heard on Monday.
He would call the field intelligence officer's wife Denise, 56, and give her the name and age of who he wanted checked, it is said.
She would call her husband at work to make the checks and keep Ahmed informed of arrests, raids and surveillance operations by keeping a police scanner switched on in her home.
The Bohannans are accused of a conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office on or before May 10, 2007, while the PC was based in the Territorial Support Group, at Catford Police Station.
Ahmed, who admitted running a cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis business for many years in Bexleyheath, told the court he was the only one who knew the extent of Denise's drug habit.
He said: "As long as she could get her sniff she didn't care."
Asked what type of information he would need on his people working for him Ahmed said: "I was not really bothered about dates of birth, more their addresses.
"So if something goes wrong, bang, I know where to go."
Prosecutor David Durose asked: "Where did you get these addresses from?"
"Denise," Ahmed replied.
"She had a habit, everyone knew she had a habit, only I or the workers knew how much she did," he told jurors.
The former dealer, who also ran an estate agent, said Denise would often ring him with information so she could get 'free stuff'.
On one occasion she told him about an upcoming raid on his friend's flat where he used to stash his drugs, the court heard.
It is alleged PC Bohannan carried out regular checks on Ahmed and his criminal associates using the Metropolitan Police database to ensure they were not under suspicion.
The couple would receive cash and cocaine for their assistance, it is alleged.
Records showed that between 2000 and 2007, PC Bohannan made 44 checks on Ahmed, known as 'Taz', using various password protected computer systems.
The Bohannans deny conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
The trial continues.