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Cop and wife spied for free drugs supply

PUBLISHED: 12:45 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:37 25 August 2010

SNITCH: Denise Bohannan, 56, got free drugs for her tip offs to a drug dealer.

SNITCH: Denise Bohannan, 56, got free drugs for her tip offs to a drug dealer.

A POLICE officer and his wife have been found guilty of spying for a drug dealer in exchange for free cocaine.

A POLICE officer and his wife have been found guilty of spying for a drug dealer in exchange for free cocaine.

PC Mark Bohannan, 47, a field intelligence officer, of Chapel Road, Bexleyheath, tipped off Syed Imtiaz Ahmed about undercover operations in return for drugs for his wife of 21years, Denise Bohannan, 56.

The couple were found unanimously guilty at Southwark Crown Court last Friday of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office and were bailed for sentencing on March 12.

Ahmed is now serving a five-year jail sentence for heading a cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis delivery service across south London and his army of 'runners' were locked up last year.

Mrs Bohannan used a radio scanner to keep track of police activity in and around Bexleyheath.

Records showed that between 2000 and 2007, PC Bohannan made 44 checks on Ahmed, known as 'Taz', using various password protected computer systems, in return for cash and drugs for his wife.

The drug dealer, who also worked as an estate agent, told the court: "As long as she could get her sniff she didn't care. She had a habit, everyone knew she had a habit, only I or the workers knew how much she did."

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."

On one occasion Ahmed asked the couple to find out whether another drug dealer was a police informant.

Another tip-off saw Mrs Bohannan warn him about an upcoming raid on his friends' flat where he was stashing his drugs.

Mr Bohannan said contact with drug dealers had enabled him to use his wife as an informant and she was "forthcoming with information".

He even claimed that he and two colleagues had once arrested one of Ahmed's runners after his wife gave him a description of the car he would be driving.

Mrs Bohannan did not give evidence but her barrister Ann Cotcher, QC, claimed the information she gave to Ahmed was 'rubbish'.

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