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'Masquerading' officer stole drugs from force and sold them
20 Mar 2017


An inspector who was found with £700,000 worth of class A, B and C drugs in his home including 11 kilograms of cocaine in his washing machine, is due to be sentenced next week.

Former Inspector Keith Boots, 55, held responsibility for the disposal of drugs for West Yorkshire Police (WYP), but instead sold them in large quantities, Leeds Crown Court heard on Saturday (March 20).

He was convicted on four charges of stealing drugs from WYP and seven charges of possessing drugs with intent to supply.

Mr Boots was also found guilty of conspiracy to steal drugs from WYP, conspiracy to supply Class A, B and C drugs and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

In December 2014, a raid on Mr Boots’ home in Bradford discovered cocaine, crack cocaine, cannabis, ecstasy, and heroin worth around £700,000, including 11 kilograms of cocaine stuffed in his washing machine.

He was found not guilty of possessing 25 Browning cartridges without a firearm certificate discovered at his home.

His son Ashley Boots, 30, of Heatherhouse Terrace, Halifax, was also found guilty of five drugs conspiracy offences.

A third defendant Ian Mitchell, 28, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Detective Superintendent Simon Bottomley of WYP’s Professional Standards Department said: "I am very pleased that guilty verdicts have been reached in this case. Keith Boots was a criminal masquerading as a police officer who stole class A drugs from the force which he then intended to resupply to the criminal fraternity.

"The actions of Boots were simply inexcusable - whilst his hardworking and honest colleagues were doing all they could to take illegal drugs off the streets, he was stealing them back and seeking to redistribute them.

"As well as stealing illegal drugs and seeking to supply them, Mr Boots also conspired to pervert the course of justice.

"What today's conviction does show is that on the very rare occasion where police officers and employees are involved in such action, we will investigate and we will take robust action. There is simply no place in WYP for an individual like Boots. He does not belong in a police uniform.


He was dismissed from the force at a special case hearing on March 24, 2016.


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