Saturday, September 11, 2010
Gold Coast cop caught in drug bust
The cloud over Gold Coast police has darkened, after the suspension of a constable following a drug raid by the Crime and Misconduct Commission. Officers with the CMC raided the Burleigh Waters home of the 38-year-old constable on Wednesday night, allegedly seizing marijuana.
A CMC spokeswoman said the investigation was not related to the wider Gold Coast operation being conducted by the commission. Operation Tesco is investigating allegations of inappropriate police associations with criminals, the acceptance of gifts and "gratuities", the misuse of confidential information and drug use.
Two police stations have been raided in the course of Operation Tesco and three officers suspended, including a female constable who has since quit the QPS. At least 50 other police have been interviewed by the CMC during the investigation and public hearings will be held by the CMC in Brisbane later this month.
Queensland police are also believed to be investigating allegations that an officer seconded to the Australian Federal Police exposed himself to a woman at Tugun on Monday. The victim noted the alleged offender's number plate, which reportedly corresponded to that of an officer.
A QPS spokesman confirmed an investigation was in progress but said it would be "inappropriate to comment further given the sensitive stage of the matter".