TWO Merseyside police officers appeared in court charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis.
PC Colin White, 44, of Marlcroft Drive, Aigburth and PC Clive French, 33, of Lexton Drive, Southport appeared at Liverpool crown court yesterday.
The alleged offences, between April and May last year, are said to have involved more than £75,000 of cannabis plants seized in drugs raids.
John Brennan, 46, of Orrell Lane, Walton, is also charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis.
Anthony Cross QC, told the court that, on April 22, last year officers from Admiral Street Police Station attended a cannabis farm in Whitman Street, Wavertree, as part of a police operation.
It is alleged on that day PC White was entrusted with the disposal of £45,000 worth of seized cannabis plants. However, instead of taking the plants straight to St Anne Street police station, it is alleged he travelled with the drugs to Litherland and met with the other defendants.
It is claimed the plants were taken to Brennan’s home by another officer.
Mr Cross said records showed calls and text messages were made between the defendants that day.
By 5pm PC White was back at St Anne Street police station, where he was supposed to dispose of the drugs but no record was kept that they were destroyed.
Mr Cross said: “That’s an obvious unhappy failing that no records were kept.”
On May 9, the court was told, PC French received information about drug dealing in Maud Street, Toxteth.
Instead of waiting for backup, he and another officer Sergeant Darren Burns, entered the house alone and a small amount of cannabis was discovered.
Mr Cross said: “The Crown suggests it was an example of these two men, Burns and French, sizing up a potential operation.”
Mr Cross said on May 15 last year PC French helped remove £32,000 worth of plants seized at a drugs farm in Shrewton Road, Gateacre.
It is alleged the six bin bags of plants were being taken to Brennan’s home to be used in drug dealing when detectives intervened.
PC White, PC French and Brennan deny the charges.
Two other officers, PC Andrew Bird, of Whitewood Park, Aintree and Sgt Darren Burns of Ash Street, Southport, have already pleaded guilty to their involvement.
By Lyndsay Young