Sunderland detective and wife sold cocaine, court told

Northumbria Police Detective Sergeant Paul Thompson  leaving Newcastle Crown Court
Northumbria Police Detective Sergeant Paul Thompson leaving Newcastle Crown Court
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A SENIOR Sunderland detective bought and sold Class A drugs, a court was told.

It has been claimed the officer, based at Gill Bridge Station in the city centre, also made sure his criminal pals stayed ahead of the law by accessing confidential police records.

Detective Sergeant Paul Thompson bulk-bought cocaine from his half-brother then he and wife Susan, 44, a high-flying housing executive, would supply it to their friends, it is alleged.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 43-year-old officer acted as the “eyes and ears” for his brother Brian Thompson, 51, and his drug-dealing associates Stephen Wood, 48, and David Wood, 52, who are brothers.

Prosecutor Toby Hedworth QC told the court yesterday: “In this case we have the extraordinary situation of a successful business executive sourcing the supply of class A drugs via her husband, a serving police officer, via a criminal network whose back he was covering by checking the police computer systems.”

The court heard the detective, who was employed by Northumbria Police, and his wife were “recreational users” of controlled drugs.

Prosecutors claim the Wood brothers supplied drugs to Brian Thompson, who would in turn deal them on to his brother.

Evidence was gathered by undercover detectives who kept the four under secret surveillance, leading to Thompson being arrested while on duty at Gill Bridge.

Thompson’s use of the police computer, which showed repeated checks on his brother and the Woods, was discovered after an audit.

Mr Hedworth said: “Paul Thompson was making what looked like a weekly trip to Ponteland to obtain drugs.

“It is the prosecution case these were not simply for his own use but via his wife class a drugs were being supplied onto others.

“All the time Paul Thompson, in flagrant intervention of his role as a police officer, is acting as the eyes and ears of the organisation.”

The court heard Mrs Thompson’s phone revealed the extent of the supply onto the couple’s friends.

One text sent from Thompson to his wife said: “Do you still need me to speak to B for the girls this weekend.”

Prosecutors say “B” was his drug-dealing brother Brian.

Another text received by Thompson from one of her friends read: “Hey you, by any chance I don’t suppose you have any do-da to send me.”

One sent by Mrs Thompson to a different pal said: “Do you want a full party pack.”

Brian Thompson, of Thorneyford Place, Ponteland, Stephen Wood, of Thornhill Road, Ponteland, and David Wood, of Silver Lonnen, Fenham, have admitted conspiracy to supply a class A drug but deny conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

Paul Thompson and Susan Thompson, both of Dipton, County Durham, both deny conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Paul Thompson denies separate misconduct in public office and cocaine possession charges.

The charges date between January 2001 and February 2011.

Paul Thompson told police in interview he had developed a cocaine addiction, particularly after the death of his mother in early 2009 and had unsolved bereavement issues from the death of his father in 1997.

The court heard Paul Thompson refused to answer many of the questions put to him after his arrest.

The court heard when the Thompson’s were arrested, police found scales, resealable bags, credit cards and a stanley knife, all containing traces of cocaine in their bedroom.


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