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Corrupt ex-Met Pc jailed for drugs for information deal

Pc Mark Bohannan
Pc Mark Bohannan had 25 years of experience of working as an officer

A former police officer has been jailed for three years for passing secret information to his wife and her drug dealer, in return for drugs and money.

Pc Mark Bohannan, 47, from Bexleyheath, south London, shared intelligence details which allowed Syed Imtiaz Ahmed to supply drugs "undetected".

The officer's wife Denise was sentenced to 18 months, also for conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.

The Metropolitan Police Territorial Support Group has sacked Pc Bohannan.

'You were weak'

The convicted drug dealer, Ahmed, was described in court as the "co-ordinator of a drugs organisation responsible for the supply of cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis over a period of many years".

Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said Bohannan's actions meant Ahmed could "boast to those having business with him that he had a corrupt police officer at the police station on the end of the line".

"It must surely have enhanced his reputation and capacity to earn huge amounts of money," the judge said.

Bohannan failed to report his wife's drug possession and use, and did not enter information about Ahmed on the police computer either.

He carried out 475 checks using a number of internal police intelligence systems over a six-year period until 2007, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Often he would look for specific pieces of information as requested by Ahmed, who would then give cocaine to Denise Bohannan, the court was told.

And the judge said he thought Bohannan had been encouraged to act corruptly because he thought it was what "his wife wanted him to do".

"You were weak enough to give in to her wishes," Judge Loraine-Smith added when sentencing him.

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