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Former South Yorkshire officer jailed for supplying drugs

A former South Yorkshire officer has been handed a prison sentence after he admitted supplying drugs.

PC Nabeel Khan, 25, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment after pleading guilty to two counts of supplying cannabis between March 2020 and February 2021 and one count of possession.

Two additional charges, relating to possession of criminal property and possession with intent to supply cannabis, were both withdrawn.

He was dealing the class B drugs while he was employed as an officer. 

He was arrested in February 2021 following a stop and search of a BMW he was driving while he was under investigation. Cannabis worth £435 was found inside two vehicles belonging to Khan as well as cash and mobile phones. 

He was suspended at the time of his arrest for unauthorised PNC checks. 

He was subsequently dismissed from the force for misconduct. 

His fingerprints were on two packages containing cannabis and CCTV footage showed his topping up a ‘pay as you go’ phone that was linked to the drug supply. 

Analysis of a separate phone showed that Khan had previously arranged to supply while on duty. 

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Forber said: “Nabeel Khan was a corrupt officer who abused the trust and confidence placed in him as a police officer to deal drugs on our city’s streets and has no place in policing. I’m sorry that he ever found a place here.

“Former PC Nabeel Khan first came to the attention of our counter corruption unit in December 2020 when our systems showed searches carried out by him without a policing purpose. He was immediately suspended and later dismissed from the Force and placed on the police barred list. Prior to his dismissal, our counter corruption investigators had launched a separate investigation into Khan following intelligence suggesting he may be dealing drugs.

“Our officers were appalled to find he was not only dealing drugs but planning to do so whilst on duty. Khan was found with cannabis with an estimated street value of £435, and additional mobile phone and cash in his car.

“This causes huge damage to the trust and confidence that the public put into police officers. It’s essential the public can have this trust in us as when they need help for the most sensitive of matters, we need them to feel able to report it and speak to us.

“Whilst I am incredibly disappointed and appalled at the actions of Khan, I am reassured that our systems, processes and most importantly, our officers were able to identify these behaviours and exit him from the organisation as soon as possible.

“Khan will now face two years in prison, and we wholeheartedly believe that this is the best place for him.”

IOPC Director of Major Investigations Steve Noonan said: “This officer’s behaviour was audacious, corrupt and criminal. His actions were a complete betrayal of public trust and confidence and have no place in policing.

“This investigation has now resulted in a conviction and lengthy sentence for former PC Khan. It sends a clear signal to police officers who engage in corrupt activity that they will be caught, and they can expect to pay a high price for their crimes.

“While all the evidence we have seen points towards this being an isolated case of police corruption on this scale, we have to remain vigilant and will continue to pursue allegations of corruption vigorously.

“I would like to thank South Yorkshire Police for their thorough investigation and all the hard work that has ultimately led to the sentencing today.”

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