AN ex-detective and his wife have been cleared of cocaine dealing.
Detective Sergeant Paul Thompson, who once worked as an undercover test purchase officer with the drugs squad, was accused of bulk buying cocaine which he and his wife Susan Thompson, a high-flying housing executive, would sell to pals.
At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday the 43-year-old officer – who was based at Sunderland’s Gill Bridge station – and his 44-year-old wife were found not guilty of conspiracy to supply a class A drug.
Mrs Thompson wept when she was cleared of any wrongdoing, after jurors accepted her account that it was a herbal based Viagra substitute - not cocaine - they had been selling.
Mr Thompson was cleared, along with his drug dealer step-brother Brian Thompson, 51, and two other men, of accessing the police computer for the “sinister” purpose of being the “eyes and ears” of their criminal gang.
The officer was found guilty of a single charge of misconduct in public office, accessing personal details of people he knew.
He was also found guilty of three charges of possession of cocaine, after he admitted buying it for his own use, for a habit he developed after his mother died.
Judge Esmond Faulks fined him a total of £1,000.
The judge told him: “The misconduct for which you have been found guilty is of a non-sinister type. You were, on your own admission, using the police computer for your own purpose, to look after your properties and the like.”
Thompson and his wife, from Dipton, County Durham, were arrested after police seized a £600,000 haul of cocaine from a house in Newcastle last year.
He resigned from Northumbria Police after the allegations were made. Thompson – who received an area command award in relation to a serious indecent assault case in Sunderland in 1997, and a certificate for distinguished behaviour after helping rescue a woman and her three children from a house fire – admitted his drug habit during the trial.
Mrs Thompson, who earned £6,000 per month as a Teesside housing association boss denied having or knowing about any involvement in cocaine, but admitted selling a herbal-based Viagra substitute to friends.
Brian Thompson, of Thorneyford Place, Ponteland, Stephen Wood, 48, of Thornhill Road, Ponteland, and David Wood, 52, of Silver Lonnen, Fenham, have admitted conspiracy to supply a class A drug.
They were cleared of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and will be sentenced later.