The ‘Weed Boss’ policeman caught at cannabis farm: Special constable who quit after he was found at a drugs factory is allowed to keep his identity secret following panel’s ruling
- The volunteer officer was banned from working in policing and would have been sacked had he not resigned
- He claimed to be oblivious to the drugs factory in his girlfriend’s garage
- This was despite strong smell in house and the electricity having been bypassed
A police disciplinary panel has allowed a special constable who called himself ‘Weed Boss’ and was found at the scene of a cannabis farm to keep his identity secret.
The volunteer officer was banned from working in policing and would have been sacked if he had not resigned.
He claimed to be oblivious to the drugs factory in his girlfriend’s garage containing cannabis worth up to £21,000 even though there was a strong smell in the house and the electricity had clearly been bypassed.
But a misconduct hearing panel ruled that the Cleveland Police special constable should remain anonymous.
Chairman John Bassett said the ruling was ‘not to spare Cleveland Police embarrassment’, but it would be ‘inappropriate’ to name him.
The officer – whose phone was found to contain a picture of a cannabis leaf with the words ‘Weed Boss’ on it – was not charged in relation to the cannabis farm as there was insufficient evidence. The special constable did not attend his misconduct hearing in Middlesbrough.
Stephen Morley, for Cleveland Police, told the hearing police ‘mistakenly’ discovered the Middlesbrough cannabis farm in May 2019 when they went to the ‘wrong address’ following an emergency call.
A police disciplinary panel has allowed a special constable who called himself ‘Weed Boss’ and was found at the scene of a cannabis farm to keep his identity secret [Stock image]
The special constable – known as Officer A – was parked outside the house when officers arrived. A woman – Ms R – left the property and sat in the car with Officer A. She ‘told lies to police’ and Officer A allowed his colleagues to be misled, Mr Morley said.
He added that Officer A did not identify himself as a police officer until he was confronted about a warrant card found in the bedroom. He was found guilty of misconduct on three of six charges: In April 2019 he sent texts to his girlfriend in which he used inappropriate and discourteous language about his colleagues and disclosed what he was doing.
In May 2019 he was outside his girlfriend’s home when officers discovered a cannabis factory in the garage. He did not volunteer that he was an officer and he allowed others to lie to officers at the scene. On a date unknown in 2019 he hid a knife under his girlfriend’s bed for her to use as a weapon ‘just in case something happens’. The hearing was told Officer A resigned in June last year.
Superintendent Paul Waugh, directorate of standards and ethics at Cleveland Police, said: ‘Today’s hearing determined breaches of professional conduct by this individual were so serious they have been assessed as gross misconduct.
‘The individual has already ceased to act as a special constable but had they still been serving it would have led to dismissal without notice.
‘The former special constable will now be placed on the College of Policing barred list so they cannot work in policing again.’
‘The former special constable will now be placed on the College of Policing barred list so they cannot work in policing again’ [Stock image]
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