Verdict expected in Edmonton police steroid trafficking trial

A verdict is expected Tuesday in the trial of an Edmonton police officer accused of trafficking anabolic steroids between 2007 and 2013.

A former member of the Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement Unit, Det. Greg Lewis, faces three charges of trafficking in a controlled substance after he was arrested in March 2016 following a two-year investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team.

The 36-year-old was one of two officers charged as a result of the investigation.

Darren French, 51, pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance in June 2016. The then constable was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine as part of a sentence that included 18 months probation and 240 hours of community service.

Six officers were identified in the ASIRT investigation as having bought and used steroids in violation of the force’s code of conduct but investigators believed at least 30 officers had used steroids.

The probe, which focused on events dating back to close to a decade ago, was a public black eye for the Edmonton Police Service that’s only now just starting to heal.

At the time Alberta’s police watchdog announced Lewis and French had been arrested and charged, police chief Rod Knecht said it was an isolated incident but one that was still damaging to the image of the force.

“In large organizations like ours, there are always individuals who choose not to follow the rules and who ignore directives, common sense and even the law for their own personal benefit or advantage,” he said on March 7, 2015.

“These employees undermine community and they undermine the good work of their colleagues.”

Trial details use of steroid

Rumours had been swirling around for some time before Lewis and French came to the attention of investigators that there were members of the Edmonton Police Service using …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal

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