£1million drugs case policeman in court

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A SUNDERLAND police constable suspended as part of a £1million cocaine investigation has been committed to crown court.

Northumbria Police officer Gary Steven Christie, who is suspended from duty, appeared at Peterlee Magistrates Court as one of 11 people charged in connection with the six-month investigation which led to the drugs seizure.

The 40-year-old from Sunderland’s Silksworth Lane, is charged with misconduct in public office.

Officers from the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) charged ten people with conspiring to supply class A drugs following the probe which saw the seizure of several kilos of high purity cocaine.

Around £33,000 cash was also seized together with vehicles and other assets, including several houses, were identified and are subject to proceeds of crime applications.

Seven men and three women – four of which are from Sunderland and one from Durham – all appeared at Peterlee Magistrates Court today.

Asa Dobbing, 35, of Ryhope Grange Court in Sunderland, Aidan Dobbing, 30, of Revelston Close, Doxford Park, Sunderland, Leanne Mariner, 31, of Bonners Raff in Sunderland, and Iain Potts, 27, of Cavendish Place, all Sunderland are all been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs as is Christopher Catchpole, 47, of Jack Lawson Terrace, Wheatley Hill, Durham.

Jamie Lee Malloy, 25, of Saint Oswins Street, South Shields, April Ellen Hunter, 19, of Little Bedford Street, North Shields, Kevin Dudley, 39, of Hadrian Road, Jarrow, Simon Peter Loomes, 40, of Windsor Road, Buckinghamshire and Victoria Carter, 24, of Saint Oswins Street in South Shields, also face the same charge.

Asa Dobbing is also charged with aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring misconduct in public office.

And Loomes is also charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine, amphetamine and ecstacy and concealing criminal property.

All 11 people were committed to appear before Teesside Crown Court at 10am on Friday, January 23.