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Police Officer Alerted Suspect of House Search

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Police Officer Alerted Suspect of House Search

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Fréttablaðið reported Monday that a police officer who used to work in the narcotics division spoiled a house search at least once by alerting a suspected man that a search was imminent. It was believed that drugs were stored at the property. The drugs were successfully removed before the house search was conducted.

It remains unclear whether money exchanged hands as a result of the leak, but the suspect is said to have provided the officer information regarding other drug criminals in exchange for the warnings.

The paper’s source reveal that the suspect admitted this during questioning by the district prosecutor. The police officer had repeatedly been transferred within the police force last year after complaints about him were received from the majority of the staff of the narcotics division, Fréttablaðið reports. He was fired in January when a formal investigation by the district prosecutor began.

The police officer has repeatedly been accused by police staff and the public of inappropriate interaction with individuals in the drug trade. He is suspected of having leaked information about police operations and thereby having spoiled investigations and assisted criminals.

The police officer had a senior position at the narcotics and information divisions at the same time. That arrangement has been criticized. Thus, he received tips from people regarding criminals and decided, at the same time, which individuals and cases would be investigated.

The police officer is one of two officers of the narcotics division who have recently been fired. The other one is a detective who was in police custody over New Year’s, suspected of inappropriate interactions with people in the narcotics trade. That case is being investigated by the state prosecutor.

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