UK: Police officer who stole drug dealers’ cash jailed

A Metropolitan Police officer who pretended to stop and search drug dealers so he could steal their money has been jailed for eight years.

Kashif Mahmood seized hundreds of thousands of pounds for an organised crime gang controlled from Dubai.

The gang received information about when money was on the move so that Mahmood could intercept it – in uniform – using police cars.

Four other men and a woman received sentences of up to 16 years.

The sentences follow an investigation which benefited from the penetration of the Encrochat mobile phone network in 2020.

Passing sentence, His Honour Judge Tomlinson said Kashif Mahmood had abused his position of “power, trust and responsibility”.

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